Hundreds of people braved the cold wind gusting through Great Yarmouth today (Sunday) to step on board the borough’s adopted warship, and welcome its crew when they marched through the town.

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Crew from HMS Dauntless stepped out into the town centre this morning to march from the town hall to the Minster, where a packed congregation marked the warship’s visit to the town - its second stopover since being affiliated in 2010.

Led by the band from TS Fearless Marine Cadets, the parade of Dauntless crew and officers - including commanding officer Adrian Fryer along with town and county dignitaries - marched past smiling residents, who captured the moments on cameras and mobile phones.

Reverend Christoper Terry, team rector of Great Yarmouth, led the service and said it was a “real pleasure” to welcome Dauntless and her crew into the town.

Cdr Fryer added that it was a “great honour” for the ship’s company to be linked with Great Yarmouth and its rich maritime history.

After the service the parade trooped back to the town hall - with Yarmouth Mayor Colleen Walker taking the salute outside Palmers - where a civic reception was held.

Hundreds of residents from across the region meanwhile, descended on the town’s outer harbour to see Dauntless up close.

Youngsters and adults alike were blown away when they stepped on board the state of the art Type 45 destroyer to take a tour and get hands on with some of its kit.

During their time on deck visitors got to explore various areas of the ship, including the helicopter bay and operations room - where all the ship’s weapons are controlled - and were able to chat to the crew about their roles, and how the equipment is used.

Dauntless has been moored in the town since Friday and is due to leave tomorrow (Monday) at 9am.

● To see pictures of today’s activities click on the photo gallery links at the top right hand corner of this page.

13 comments

  • great to see all the crowds but we arrived at one oclock only to be told tours had stopped because too many people have attended - very disapointed young boy !!!

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    ratboy7545

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Nice to read this. Being ex-RN I would have visited HMS Fearless but I have had a working weekend. I can only look forward to the next visit. Well done ships company.

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    Christopher Neave

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • great to see all the crowds but we arrived at one oclock only to be told tours had stopped because too many people have attended - very disapointed young boy !!!

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    ratboy7545

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • great to see all the crowds but we arrived at one oclock only to be told tours had stopped because too many people have attended - very disapointed young boy !!!

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    ratboy7545

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I spent a good few years on Illustrious, Fearless, Nottingham, Edinburgh and finally Invincible. All cracking ships, mayve next time I will get a call round on a T45.

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    wes1975

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • great to see all the crowds but we arrived at one oclock only to be told tours had stopped because too many people have attended - very disapointed young boy !!!

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    ratboy7545

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Does that mean you never played with toy guns as a child? Never pretended to shoot your mates playing "army"?

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Oh mad max get a grip on life, the child is holding a SA80 which is chained and is a Dummy Weapon.

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    CanarySid

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Had a fantastic time on board HMS Dauntless, well done to the Navy for putting a great show on, very friendly crew, as for children handling guns I cannot see a problem there they were in a controlled area and being given a very interesting talk about the weapons and how they are used, every child was given an insight into weapon handling they were not running riot with loaded guns shooting everything that moved! Very well done to the Navy for handling this subject with care, a great day out so glad I braved the weather for this chance to be on board.

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    lisa sharp

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • great to see all the crowds but we arrived at one oclock only to be told tours had stopped because too many people have attended - very disapointed young boy !!!

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    ratboy7545

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • How shocking to see a child handle a gun. Shame on the Royal Navy.

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    Mad Max

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • The tours hadn't stopped at that time. What they had was a huge queue which would see them through to the end of the tour at 3pm. So by 1pm there were already enough people to fill the afternoons tour slots. Hopefully next time they can do it for longer or over two days. I was lucky enough to have a look around and it was very interesting. Sorry for those who missed out, but hopefully better luck next time.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Oh mad max get a grip on life, the child is holding a SA80 which is chained and is a Dummy Weapon.

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    CanarySid

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

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