Braunston welcomes Belfast veterans

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A narrow boat set sail on Monday carrying veterans from HMS Belfast. The London Narrow Boat Project (LNBP) at Braunston were delighted to greet Bob Blackwell, 82, a seaman gunner on Belfast between 1948 and 1950 and Fred Cairns, 72, who worked in the engine rooms between 1959 and 1962.

HMS Belfast associate members Jim Loveday, Martin High and Terry Jerrom travelled from London to board the narrow boat and share stories with the veterans. Meeting the men at Braunston was Daventry Mayor Ron Fox, members of the Royal British Legion Braunston and District Collin White, Don Livesey and Tony Saunderson and LNBP directors Gary Clubb and Kerry Trinder.

HMS Belfast veterans and association members, will be spending the week on a narrow boat supplied by LNBP.

HMS Belfast veterans and association members, will be spending the week on a narrow boat supplied by LNBP.

Mr Clubb said: “We are very proud to have the men here, it is an honour.”

Mr Blackwell said: “My wife died 18 months ago and it’s very nice to be able to come out here and get away from the hussle and bustle of life.”

The trip celebrates 75 years since the launch of HMS Belfast.