Minister takes home a piece of Hartlepool’s HMS Trincomalee

John Megson (right), chairman of the Trincomalee Trust, presents Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP (left) with a ceremonial cannon. Picture by Keith Taylor
John Megson (right), chairman of the Trincomalee Trust, presents Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP (left) with a ceremonial cannon. Picture by Keith Taylor

A GOVERNMENT minister has been presented with a memento from a historic Hartlepool ship.

The HMS Trincomalee Trust has presented Secretary of State for Defence the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP with a ceremonial cannon, which was fashioned from Malabar Teak left over following the restoration of the historic ship.

The memento was presented to Mr Fallon at the IoD North East Business Leaders’ Dinner, which was attended by hundreds of business leaders from across the region.

John Megson, chairman of the Trincomalee Trust, who presented the ceremonial cannon to Mr Fallon, said: “The object is of historic significance. It is a fitting reminder of days of battle gone by, but does not represent a contemporary call to arms! Diplomacy, rather than cannons, is often a better way of dealing with skirmishes in this day and age.”

Mr Fallon has agreed to display the cannon on his desk at Whitehall for all visiting dignitaries to see.

Graham Robb, IoD North East chairman, said: “HMS Trincomalee is an historic warship of international significance. The object may be one of the Secretary of State’s more unusual and memorable mementos.”

HMS Trincomalee, which is berthed at Jackson Dock within Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, is the oldest vessel afloat in the UK.