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HMS URGE: REMEMBRANCE ON APRIL 27th ANNIVERSARY

posted 26 Apr 2020, 05:16 by Pat Scott   [ updated 26 Apr 2020, 05:18 ]
Here is an update on the HMS Urge commemorations from Francis Dickinson of the HMS Urge Family Group

Dear HMS Urge family members and friends,

This is a short update ahead of tomorrow's anniversary of HMS Urge's last sailing from Malta in 1942, particularly for those who do not have access to the HMS Urge Facebook Page. Following postponement of the Malta commemorations due to Coronavirus, people have nevertheless wanted to mark the anniversary, as follows:

1. Those who wish to will hold a 2 minute silence on April 27th at 11am, this will of course be on a remote basis given Coronavirus restrictions

2. The Mayor of the town of Bridgend in Wales which adopted Urge in 1941, Cllr.Alan Wathan, is playing a leading role in the 2 minute silence, and he and his team have done great work in highlighting the anniversary within the town.

Bridgend Town Council have a page on HMS Urge as follows: http://www.bridgendtowncouncil.gov.uk/hms-urge.aspx

The Town Council have issued a press release about the anniversary: http://www.bridgendtowncouncil.gov.uk/media/8357/BTC-Press-Release-HMS-Urge-44-Heroes-Remembered.pdf

Working with the Town Council, the Reverend Rachel Wheeler of Bridgend has recorded an excellent tribute to Urge released yesterday on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0aABWMxKCw

3. The Friends of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum have also kindly wished to mark the anniversary - there is an article on Urge and ship's company as follows: https://www.rnsubmusfriends.org.uk/remembering-hms-urge-on-27th-april/

4. HMS Urge is being remembered in Malta also. St.Paul's Pro-Cathedral in Valletta is remembering Urge today and many others lead by the University of Malta and Heritage Malta will be tomorrow.

Whilst it is sad that we are not in Malta for the Commemoration, many people across the world will still be remembering HMS Urge today and tomorrow pending the rearrangement of the Commemoration. Best wishes for everyone's health meanwhile.

Yours,

Francis
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