A ROYAL Navy warship will stop off in Hartlepool as part of an annual nautical celebration – and residents are invited on board.
HMS Grimsby will visit the town during a regional engagement programme coinciding with Trafalgar Day.
The 450-tonne minesweeper, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Mark Hammon, will dock alongside Victoria Quay early tomorrow morning.
The highlight of a packed programme of events over five days in the region will be when the ship throws open her gangway and welcomes the people of Hartlepool on board for short tours.
Civic dignitaries will attend a Captain’s Luncheon and on Saturday, the general public can visit from 10am-4pm, via the Cleveland Road gate access.
Later that evening, invited guests will attend a Trafalgar Night dinner on board HMS Trincomalee.
Lt Cdr Hammon said his crew was thrilled to be visiting a town with “such esteemed naval history” and that it was important to retain the Royal Navy’s strong links to Hartlepool.