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NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2009 9
LINING the turf at the JJB
appearance was probably the highlight of with special needs. The deeps joined in to their affiliates; sometimes the mountain explaining the role of Sceptre and her
Stadium, the men of Britain’s
the afternoon. lessons, chatted with pupils and generally comes to Mohammed. 116-strong complement.
Indeed, Wigan supremo Steve Bruce helped out in classrooms. The veteran boat hosted nine members As for the boat herself, she’s recently
oldest warship prepare to
remarked post-match: “I think it will be As the poppies in the submariners’ of the Scots Guard Association – whose emerged from an overhaul (or RAMP –
welcome the Premiership stars the last game on Match of the Day and caps suggest, the visit coincided with organisation and Army unit are both Revalidation And Maintenance Period)
of Wigan Athletic and Stoke
rightly so because it was not a classic.” (It Remembrance weekend. affiliated with Sceptre. which was followed by a test fi ring of a
City.
was indeed the last match aired...) Sceptre’s men – and the 16,000-strong Submarines are difficult to negotiate dummy Spearfi sh torpedo in Gareloch.
The hunter killer boat has been spliced crowd – observed a two-minute silence even for men in their prime, yet the The impressive sight of the bright
The submariners were guests of honour
with Wigan since she entered service in before the 0-0 draw kicked off. oldest old soldier (a sprightly 93) had orange torpedo breaking the waves as it
at the ground – one of a string of high-
1978 (the very year that Wigan Athletic The following day, the submariners no trouble clambering up and down the came to the surface was met by a round
profile events during a weekend in the
entered the Football League). divided between Wigan and nearby boat’s ladders. of applause by spectators on the nearby
affiliated North West town for HMS That’s plenty of time to build up Atherton to march and lay wreaths at the The guardsmen were treated to MOD Police launches which were
Sceptre. strong ties with the town and its people, two towns’ November ceremonies. traditional fare from the galley (ie curry), patrolling the loch.
Sadly for football fans, Sceptre’s including Montrose School for children Men of Sceptre don’t always have to go a tour of the boat and a presentation Picture: Bernard Platt
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