Mike attends the unveiling of the restored Figurehead of HMS Arethusa (1849) – The first Training Ship ARETHUSA

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I had the great pleasure of attending the unveiling of the restored figure head of HMS Arethusa at the Arethusa Venture Centre in Upnor this morning.

The event was attended by the Worship the Mayor Cllr Mrs Josie Iles and her husband Steve.

As an ex Arethusa boy, number 173 for the years 1956 – 1957 I took the opportunity of meeting old friends and making new ones.

The Arethusa Old Boys Association have done an incredible job having raised the necessary funds and the figure head looks superb. A photograph of the figure head with the TS Arethusa in the background can be seen here

Photograph shows me with  The Right Honourable Admiral Lord West who carried out the actual unveiling.

 

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