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Plans to give HMS Dauntless the Freedom of the Borough of Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:46 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 10 June 2013

HMS Dauntless off the coast of Great Yarmouth. Viewed from the Caister Lifeboat.  Picture: James Bass

HMS Dauntless off the coast of Great Yarmouth. Viewed from the Caister Lifeboat. Picture: James Bass

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HMS Dauntless looks set to receive the Freedom of the Borough in her adopted port of Great Yarmouth.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has moved to give the honour of freedom to the 7,350 tonne battleship just four months after she sailed into Yarmouth port for a weekend visit.

If approved by the borough council’s cabinet tomorrow, the state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyer will receive the freedom at a formal civic meeting and be invited to exercise that freedom with a march through the streets of Yarmouth.

In the papers calling for Dauntless to receive the honour, the council said: “That in recognition of the outstanding achievements and distinguished services of Her Majesty’s Ship Dauntless and of the close bonds of friendship and mutual respect which have long existed between the borough and the ships of the Royal Navy, the honorary Freedom of the Borough of Great Yarmouth be conferred on the commanding officer, officers and men and women of HMS Dauntless and thereby the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the borough with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, colours flying, bands playing and drums beating.”

Council leader Trevor Wainwright said it would be a “real positive” for the region.

Dauntless - which, at 152 metres in length, is as long as 16 double decker buses - joined the Navy fleet in November 2010 and has been affiliated to the coastal town ever since.

During the ship’s stay in Yarmouth in February, which was her second to the town after being commissioned, members of the public were invited on board, while crew took part in civic and social gatherings, including a parade through the town centre, an on board reception with dignitaries and a football match against staff from Yarmouth’s Grosvenor Casino.

The borough council’s cabinet is due to make a decision on the Freedom at their meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday).

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