IT really was a high flying day for Colonel Euan Houstoun.
For when the new president of the HMS Trincomalee Trust took over as the president, an honour was bestowed on him.
His senior ranking in Forces circles meant he was entitled to have a pennant which would fly at the top of the Trincomalee mast whenever he was in Hartlepool.
And that meant he had to design his own colours which he proudly flew for the first time on a crisp and sunny day recently.
Col Houstoun is a descendant of a former captain of the HMS Trincomalee.
In 1852, his great-great-great uncle, Captain Wallace Houston, took over command of the ship for five years on its second commission.
But Col Houstoun is no stranger to service himself.
He was involved in the Falklands War.
He landed in the Falkland Islands almost 130 years to the day after his ancestor and the Trincomalee arrived in Port Stanley.
Col Houstoun’s links with the ship continued when he took over as president from Captain David Smith, who died in Malta in March last year, aged 86.
In choosing his new pennant, he opted for a reference to his own Forces links. #
He remains the president of The Regimental Association of the Grenadier Guards.
The pennant is predominantly red with references to Scotland, the imperial crown and a thistle.
He also told the Hartlepool Mail why he can play an important role in the future of the historic Hartlepool tourist attraction at a time when it is approaching its 200th anniversary.
He said: “My whole reason for my involvement in the Trincomalee is about profile.
“I can concentrate on the national and the global aspects of that.”
The Grenadier Guards is the most senior regiment of infantry and its colonel is the Duke of Edinburgh, who is also patron of the HMS Trincomalee Trust.
Col Houstoun spoke of his connections in London which would “enable me to further the ship’s global profile”.
HMS Trincomalee was built in 1816 at the Wadia Shipyards at Bombay.
She was finally launched on October 12, 1817.