Military tattoo with a difference for charity.
The Navy and Army are set to do battle in a tattoo competition to raise funds for charity. The Braveheart Programme, is a charity that research psychological consequences of military service, this includes combat related post traumatic stress disorder. The Black Rose Tattoo Parlour owned by Ollie and Joe Wimpenny (Al Wimpenny's sons) raised the most money. The Braveheart Tattooathon was held in Alans memory.
30 years on Falklands veterans meet again at memorial.
They havent seen each other for years but Falklands veterans Billy Skilleter and Charlie Findley had an emotional reunion at a remembrance service for their commrads held in Gosport.
  The Royal Navy moves into the future - with two new classes of warship at present under construction.
One of the three new Type 22 Weapon Class Frigates HMS Broadsword launched at Clydebank, Glasgow in May this year. Designed as successors to the Leander Class Frigates, these formidable ships will carry two sewolf surface-to-air missile systems 4 Exocet missile launchers, 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes and 2 Lynx helecopters.

WARLORD comic December 1976  DC Thomson & Co. Ltd
Used by kind permission of DC Thomson & Co ltd
Oscar Wilde hands over control of the most famous Battleship in the World, HMS Victory.
Heres a pic of Oscar in 82
'Dicky' bows out after 33-year naval service
WO1 Jeremy 'Dicky' Davies with his valedictory certificate, presented to him by Capt Mark Knibbs

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 NOVEMBER 6 1981

Broadsword shows its friendly edge!
THE cheerful crew of HMS Broadsword brought the streets of Chester to life on Saturday.
Their ship was adopted by Chester two years ago, so at the weekend they were guests of Chester... and they returned the hospitality in full with a dance in the city on Saturday and an open day onboard ship on Sunday.
All the nice girls love a sailor, and some broken hearts are no doubt suffering this week! Some lucky young ladies from Chester were invited to dance away Saturday
evening and the crew were adamant that they are "some of the prettiest girls they have seen."
The Mayors secretary, Wendy Heallis. who herself received a "thank-you" bouquet, this week, for all her hard work, said the crew were off to the West Indies next, but confided they would prefer to be staying in Chester.
On Sunday the crew played rugby and soccer against Chester rugby club and Chester Nomads. The following day the city beat a team from HMS Broadsword in a golf match, which Broadsword won the previous year.
In the afternoon a "mini-Olympics" was held at Chester College of Further Education and the College afterwards took the crew out to Tiffany's nightclub.
The Mayor of Chester, Councillor Roy Lowe, entertained the ships Captain to dinner on Monday and lucky youngsters from Dee Banks Special School and children from Lache First School visited the ship at Birkenhead.


 NOVEMBER 6 1981

Life at Sea Impresses Boys

IT WAS a far cry from lessons for 25 Lache Middle School pupils who spent a day on HMS Broadsword (above) at Birkenhead Docks, on Tuesday.
The children, nine and ten years old, were invited as guests of the crew, who gave them atea party, a guided tour of the ship and provided a cartoon film show afterwards.
Teacher Mrs Maureen Richards said: "The children had a fantastic time and one little boy told me afterwards it had been the best day of his life. Half of the boys want to be sailors when they grow up, because they were so impressed with the visit.
""The crew really looked after the children and were dressed up as pirates when we came onboard. During the tea party they entertained us all with music and singing."
The lucky pupils who made the visit are hard at work, back at school, producing a scrap book of the day to send to the Captain and crew expressing their thanks.

 NOVEMBER 6 1981

Plymouth To Chester Sponsored Walk
HMS Broadsword crew members have recently walked from Plymouth to Chester to raise money for Dee Banks School. A cheque for over 500 was handed over on behalf of the walkers and crew by Captain Bill Canning to Councillor Roy Lowe Mayor for the school on Friday. Our picture shows the walkers with the Mayor and Mayoress. Front row (left to right) are: Rocky Hudson, Alan Wimpenny, Jimmy Figg, Tony Paul. Back row: Graham Jones, George Wilkinson, Councillor Roy Lowe, Bill Canning, John Kew and Daphene Lowe. (John Connell was absent for the photograph). Money collected resulted from the crews sponsorship.


 NOVEMBER 6 1981

Soccer Match at Boughton Hall

  Aviation News June 1981
Paul Jackson reports from HMS Broadsword

EQUIPPED with some of the latest sophisticated avionics, and shortly to receive Britain's newest anti-ship missile, the agile Lynx HAS.2 personifies the naval equivalent of 'a quart in a pint pot'. First deployed aboard a frigate at sea in February 1978, the Fleet Air Arm's Lynx have recently undergone a change of 'ownership' following the re-formation of 815 Squadron, and it was thus with alacrity that Aviation News accepted an offer to see the new unit at work aboard the Navy's first all-missile frigate, HMS Broadsword.

Warship World Sep/Oct 2017
By Patrick Boniface
A short article on the life of Tidespring with a few mentions of Broadsword.