Reunion for ex-crew of South Shields’ adopted frigate

SHIPSHAPE ... the complement of HMS Euryalus march past South Shields Town Hall.
SHIPSHAPE ... the complement of HMS Euryalus march past South Shields Town Hall.

SHE was a visitor on almost a regular yearly basis, forming links with the community that are still fondly remembered today.

She was the frigate HMS Euryalus – South Tyneside’s adopted warship for a time, whose former crew members, you may have read, are being invited to a reunion to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

The get-together is being held in Bury on April 24, to mark the role a predecessor of the ship played in the Turkish offensive in 1915.

She was the cruiser Euryalus, which had been launched in 1901 and which supported the Gallipoli landings with naval gunfire.

She herself did not survive for long after the war, going for scrap in 1920.

Anyone who was around at the time will remember the modern Euryalus with warmth, going back to when she dry-docked at Middle Docks in Shields in the 1970s and was subsequently adopted by the town.

The generosity of her crew knew no bounds, with money being raised, most notably, for the setting up of a youth club for both physically handicapped and able-bodied children.

Conversely, many families opened their doors to Euryalus people, enduring friendships being forged. She was eventually awarded the Freedom of the Borough in the early 1980s, which she handed back nearly a decade later, just before going out of service.

Any former crew who would like to attend the reunion are asked to call 0191 423 4186 or 07847 391712.