Coventry & Warwickshire

HMS Diamond sailors march in Coventry

HMS Diamond crew in Coventry Image copyright Matt Pearce
Image caption The crew of HMS Diamond attracted crowds of onlookers gathering outside Coventry Council House

More than 100 Royal Navy sailors have marched through Coventry to mark their freedom of the city.

The crew from the Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond was given the honour in March last year.

After the loss of HMS Coventry, HMS Diamond took over as the carrier of a cross of nails made from remains of the city's bombed cathedral.

Workers from the city's Jaguar Land Rover factories also built HMS Diamond's captain's table.

The crew marched through Priory Street, Fairfax Street, Trinity Street and Broadgate, where the company saluted the Lord Mayor.

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Image caption Ahead of the parade, crew members visited groups like the former servicemen at Lord Leycester Hospital

The city's previous close association with HMS Coventry ended when the ship sank during the Falklands War on 25 May 1982.

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