Residents proud to attend parade

People of all ages enjoyed this afternoon’s HMS Northumberland parade in Morpeth.

Personnel from the warship marched through the town centre to re-affirm its freedom of the county.

HMS Northumberland parade through Morpeth.'Picture by Jane Coltman

HMS Northumberland parade through Morpeth.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Among those waving flags was Morpeth resident Shirley Newlands, who said: “We always support anything that is to do with the Armed Forces and Northumberland, particularly as our son-in-law used to be in the RAF.

“It’s nice for Morpeth to have such a positive occasion and it was great to see so many people on the streets.”

Another Morpethian, Alan Lawson, said: “It’s a great honour for Morpeth to have HMS Northumberland personnel marching through the town.”

HMS Northumberland, a Type 23 anti submarine frigate, is a 4,500 tonne Royal Navy warship. She was built at Swan Hunters on the Tyne and launched in 1992.

She is regularly engaged in maritime security operations, counter-piracy and counter narcotic operations in oceans around the world and has recently returned from a seven-month deployment in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.