Romantic twist for ship’s future

Davin McKnight at the wall of bricks
Davin McKnight at the wall of bricks

ROMANCE is in the air at a historic ship which is stepping up its profile.

The HMS Trincomalee Trust is set to hold its first wedding fair on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

It comes at a time when the Trincomalee – the oldest British warship afloat – is proving to be a popular destination for weddings.

And in another romantic twist, people are buying bricks to be placed on the sponsored wall on the side of the ship’s souvenir shop. Around 150 have already been snapped up by the public.

For a small fee visitors can buy one of two different sizes of bricks at either £5 or £10.

Many of the early donors to the scheme are couples for whom Trincomalee holds fond memories.

One brick is from the first couple to be married on the ship.

Another is from a couple who first met on board the ship in the early 1960s and have just celebrated their golden wedding.

Trust general manager David McKnight said: “Weddings are popular here in the captain’s cabin and we are holding our first wedding fair in May over two nights.

“We shall have the captain’s cabin dressed for a wedding during the event.”