HMS Westminster’s visit to London is an opportunity to reaffirm the very strong links that the ship has with its affiliates, many of who enjoyed a day at sea with the ship in late July.

Captain Hugh Beard

On Friday, the ship will play host to some engagement tours for invited guests before members of the ship’s company take a unique opportunity to tour No 10 Downing Street.

Saturday will see HMS Westminster open up for visitors. First to arrive will be young people from Haringey and Enfield Sea Cadets who are both affiliated to the ship. The Cadets from Greenwich and Bexleyheath will also join them.

The ship will be open to members of the public so that local people have an opportunity to experience life on board a warship. Open from 9am until 5pm – with last entry to the ship at 4pm -  tickets are available on the hour between these times.

The tickets are free but they must be obtained in advance from www.hmswestminstertickets.eventbrite.co.uk

The greatest honour comes on Sunday when the Lord Mayor of Westminster will allow the ship to exercise its right to the Freedom of the City

There will be drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed as they parade through the streets.

Leading the parade will be the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The procession will form up at Horse Guards Parade at 8.45am. 

Councillor Audrey Lewis, Lord Mayor of Westminster will then formally give permission for the ship to march through the City of Westminster.

She said:  “I am delighted to welcome the Ship’s Company of HMS Westminster to London and to witness them exercising their Freedom to march in Westminster.

"The relationship between HMS Westminster and the City of Westminster is deep and important and I look forward to the ship’s visit and to celebrating HMS Westminster’ s vital contribution to the nation.”

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