Sailors aboard our adopted warship raise cash to help commemorate Gallipoli

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Seamen who served aboard South Tyneside’s adopted ship, HMS Euryalus, raised a traditional tot of rum to mark the centenary of Gallipoli – and £340 for the Mayor’s charity.

More than 60 crew members gathered at The Lancashire Fusiliers museum in Bury, their biggest gathering since the Euryalus’s decommission in 1989, to celebrate the centenary of Gallipoli with a tot of rum and to raise money for the Mayor’s Charity.

When these former officers presented me with this cheque I was humbled by their generosity.

Coun Fay Cunnignham, Mayor of South Tyneside, said

Crew members presented the Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham, with a cheque in honour of the ship’s tradition of donating money, raised at sea, to local charities when they returned to South Tyneside.

Coun Cunningham, said: “When these former officers presented me with this cheque I was humbled by their generosity. I am very grateful for their donation and it was a great highlight to mark the end of my Mayoral year.”

Ex Petty Officer Florrie Ford of South Shields said it was only right to give something back to the town.

He said: “We felt it appropriate to donate the money raised to the Mayor’s Charity to honour the tradition which first started when HMS Euryalus was so kindly adopted by South Tyneside.

“It is an honour that the people of South Tyneside have a place in their hearts for us, and in return, we feel it is only right to support the great work the Mayor’s Charity helps to fund across the borough.”

The Mayor’sCharity is supporting Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice and the South Shields branch of the Mission to Seafarers. She is also supporting young people in the borough at the KAYAKS Club and South Tyneside’s three Sea Cadet Units as well as Arts4Wellbeing.

HMS Euryalus played a key role in the Gallipoli campaign by taking the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire Fussiliers ashore.

The ship also provided naval gunfire in support of allied troops.

HMS Euryalus became the borough’s adopted ship and in 1981 was awarded the Freedom of the Borough.

This means that the ship’s company can march with fixed bayonets.