Tuesday, 17 May 2011

HMS Ark Royal name to be kept alive in Leeds

Leeds is keeping the HMS Ark Royal name alive.

On Thursday 19 May 2011 the Lord Mayor’s Blue Room will be renamed the ‘HMS Ark Royal room’ as a testament to the close relationship between the city and the ship.

The room is currently home to the HMS Ark Royal bell and a number of other artefacts from the ship, including the Freedom of the City scroll.

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid M Roscoe will officially open the room.

******************** Media opportunity ********************

All media are invited to the opening of the HMS Ark Royal room in the Civic Hall on Thursday 19 May at 3pm. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

******************** Media opportunity ********************

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jim McKenna said:

“It will be fantastic to have one of the Lord Mayor’s rooms named after such a fantastic ship.

“HMS Ark Royal has always held a strong place in many Leeds citizen heart, and it seemed fitting that we name this room after her.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“Leeds has had a real connection with HMS Ark Royal since 1942, when residents raised an incredible £9m to restore the ship after it was torpedoed.

“The ship’s recent decommissioning was a tremendously sad loss and a body-blow to the city's immense pride in what has been a long-standing and very warm relationship.

“We have been wanting to do something to keep the name of HMS Ark Royal alive and we felt that this may be the first step towards that goal.”

Crew from HMS Ark Royal took to the streets of Leeds earlier this year as the ships company exercised their right to Freedom of the City of Leeds for the last time before she was decommissioned.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk