Civic welcome for ship’s homecoming

Coun Kath Wisbet welcomes CDR Tristram Kikwood and the crew of HMS Northumberland to Morpeth County Hall.  Photograph Keith Robertson
Coun Kath Wisbet welcomes CDR Tristram Kikwood and the crew of HMS Northumberland to Morpeth County Hall. Photograph Keith Robertson

THERE was a special homecoming for Northumberland’s adopted warship.

HMS Northumberland berthed on the Tyne over the weekend after returning from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East and east coast of Africa for counter-piracy and counter-narcotic operations.

Northumberland County Council was keen to give a warm welcome to the Royal Navy frigate, which has strong ties to the area, and 40 members of the crew were invited to a civic reception at County Hall in Morpeth.

Council Civic Head Kath Nisbet said: “It was fantastic to meet the men and women working on HMS Northumberland, many of whom originate or have links with the North East.

“The reception reaffirmed our close ties with the county’s ship and was a way of saying thank-you to members of the crew for their valuable work in protecting home and foreign shores.”