Get on board for maritime music

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A HISTORIC ship will host a night of music to celebrate its 194th birthday.

HMS Trincomalee – the world’s second oldest ship afloat – will welcome lovers of jazz on Wednesday, October 12.

The night is planned after the success of the ship’s first ever jazz night in August which attracted 40 people.

David McKnight, the general manager of the HMS Trincomalee Trust, said the second event would include birthday cake for every visitor, as well as the live music.

He added: “We thought it seemed like a good way to celebrate the ship’s 194th birthday.”

The live jazz on the mess deck will spotlight the Ruth Lambert Trio, which is made up of Ruth Lambert, Peter Ayton and Jeremy McMurray.

They will perform the second half of the Great American Songbook and admission is £4.50.

Doors open at 7pm for the performance from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

A bar and a curry supper will also be available as well as real ale.

All proceeds raised from the event will go towards the ship’s upkeep.

HMS Trincomalee was first launched on October 12, 1817, after being built in Bombay in India.

She finished her Royal Navy service as a training ship, but was reduced to reserve in 1895 and sold for scrap two years later.

She was later given various uses including as a holiday ship and an accommodation ship before coming to Hartlepool for her restoration programme from 1987.

Anyone wanting more details on any of the Trincomalee events, or people wanting tickets for the jazz evening, should contact (01429) 223193.