Crews deserve a fitting memorial

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For a number of years now we of the Royal Naval Association have been campaigning for a fitting memorial to all the ships that carried the City’s name.

In 1983 the Junior Chamber of Trade mounted a memorial on the Cathedral forecourt to honour the memory of the 20 men who lost their lives on HMS Sheffield in the Falklands in 1982.

A number of years ago the city had a chance to be twinned with another city to be given the chance to adopt the ship HMS Diamond which was a brand new type 45 Destroyer.

This was declined by the council who, without even consulting the Sea Cadets or the Royal Navy Association, decided that unless it carried the name of Sheffield they were not interested.

If they were so keen to keep the name of Sheffield, why can’t we have a decent memorial to all the three ships and their crews who represented us so admirably?

I would estimate that a very large percentage of the population of Sheffield don’t know where the present memorial is.

Also I know that there are a lot of former matelots in Sheffield.

How would you like to come and join the Royal Naval Association?

We sorely need members, so come along lads and spend some time swinging the lamp, also former or serving lady sailors are more than welcome.

We meet once a month at the Farm Road social club on the first Wednesday of the month.

So if you are interested give shipmate Jim Buckley a ring on 0114 2757588 for more information.

JF Buckley

Hon Secretary

The Royal Naval Association