New crew join Hartlepool’s historic HMS Trincomalee

Lorraine Fenwick. Picture by FRANK REID
Lorraine Fenwick. Picture by FRANK REID

TWO new faces have been added to the team at Hartlepool’s iconic town centre tourist attraction.

Joanne Walker and Lorraine Fenwick have joined the staff at the HMS Trincomalee Trust, and both are already loving their jobs in a unique setting.

Joanne Walker. Picture by FRANK REID

Joanne Walker. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool-born Joanne has returned to the town after 24 years away in the Hastings area, and has taken over as the company administrator.

Her previous roles included having her own business as a tree surgeon.

Now she has a full-time post as part of the tourist attraction team, based at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience. Joanne said: “It is a challenge, a very big challenge to be working for the trust but it is one that I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into.”

The HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager David McKnight said: “Joanne is doing a great job. Lorraine came to us and I could see straight away the potential that she had. She is very conscientious and very well organised. She delivers to a very high standard.”

Lorraine, who is also from Hartlepool, has joined as a visitor services manager. She has previously worked in manufacturing factories such as John Collier, and was a team leader at the Hibernia Foods factory, also in Hartlepool.

She explained: “A vacancy came up for the job at the Trincomalee and it snowballed from there.”

She said her new job involved “meeting the public and lots of other things as the co-ordinator.” Lorraine described her job as “fabulous” and admitted: “It is totally different to anything I have done before.”

Joanne and Lorraine join at an important time in the tourist attraction’s history.

The Hartlepool Mail revealed in June how Trincomalee had become a full subsidiary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), giving her the same national standing as HMS Victory.

Lorraine has taken over the role of Joan Lilley, who along with Jen Hall, retired from their jobs with a difference at the Trincomalee in November after a combined 45 years of service.

Joan and Jen had worked at HMS Trincomalee since the ship’s arrival in town for restoration.

They helped transform the ship into one of the finest tourist experiences in the country.