Nautical and nice way to celebrate

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AN iconic Hartlepool lady celebrated her 194th birthday in tasty fashion.

HMS Trincomalee is Britain’s oldest warship afloat and trust officials marked the occasion with a specially-made cake courtesy of the Hartlepool business The Sugar Rose.

Cake company owner Annette Waites visited the ship to deliver the cake and HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager David McKnight said: “This birthday milestone is a remarkable achievement.

“Trincomalee had a service life of just 25 years.”

The cake was delivered in time for another event to mark the birthday.

The historic ship’s mess deck hosted a night of jazz music featuring The Ruth Lambert Trio, and the event was a sell-out.

Within recent years, the ship’s achievements have included becoming part of the Royal Navy’s National Museum (NMRN) enjoying huge visitor numbers during The Tall Ships Races which came to Hartlepool, hosting a wedding fair and the HMS Trincomalee Trust playing a part in Hartlepool’s first ever boat jumble.

Built in Bombay in 1817, the Trincomalee was brought back to Hartlepool in 1987, where it took more than 10 years to restore her to her former glory.

More jazz nights could be on the way on board Trincomalee, and anyone wanting to register an interest should contact (01429) 223193.