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HMS Beryl - Flagship of Malta

Photo by N Jacobs

HMS Beryl - Flagship of Malta

HMS BERYL  -  Flagship of Malta
A former local resident, Andrew White, commissioned a painting of HMS Beryl.  Following extensive research he chose an artist from the Isle of White.  As you can see the artist has really captures this ship in its location at the Grand Harbour of Malta.

 

Cllr bob russell and andrew white

Photo by N Jacobs

Mayor of Bourne, Cllr Bob Russell, and Andrew White

Due to the fact that the residents of Bourne had contributed with £50,000 towards the construction cost of this ship, Andrew decided to donate a framed print of the original, to the people of Bourne during a formal hand over to the Mayor of Bourne, Cllr Bob Russell.

With the agreement of South Kesteven District Council, the picture will be hung in the Bourne Library for everybody's benefit.

Background on HMS Beryl
"The Siege of Malta, which lasted from 1940 until the autumn of 1942 saw the strategically important little island beleaguered by constant attacks by Axis bombers upon Grand Harbour.  When HMS Illustrious was docked for repairs, the carrier became the target of even mote intensive attacks and it was at this time that the gallant little trawler, HMS Beryl, stepped up to the mark with her spirited defence of both the naval dockyard and the carrier itself.  HMS Beryl went on to take in the Allied landings at Sicily and served with distinction until the end of the war when she returned to work as a trawler.  Like so many heroic vessels, she was eventually unceremoniously scrapped in the 1960s."


New reduced opening hours for the Recycling Centre
in Bourne from 1 April 2012.
Fridays to Mondays from 9am until 4pm (4 days only)


COMMUNITY EVENTS are being organised
by a new action group in Bourne called 'Bourne Town Community Events Team' - for further information please contact Gordon Cochran at Gordon's Photographic Tel 01778 394434.