Melton Borough Council

HMS Quorn's Captain and ships company to march through Melton

Published Tuesday, 10th May 2016

Melton Borough Council has agreed to a request from HMS Quorn to exercise its right under its Freedom of Entry into the Borough by marching through the streets on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 11 a.m.

The Borough of Melton has enjoyed a long relationship with HMS Quorn and this will be the first time the ship has exercised its right to march through Melton “with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and colours flying” since being awarded the Freedom of the Borough in 2006. 

The parade and inspection will take place at 11 a.m. at the Council’s car park at Parkside, march off at 11.20 a.m. into Burton Street, up to the Market Place and move along Nottingham Street and then about turn and march back to Parkside by the same route. 

A rolling road closure will be in place.  This means that the roads will re-open immediately after the parade has passed thereby keeping disruption to the minimum possible.

A reception for Civic and military guests will take place after the parade at Parkside hosted by the Mayor of the Borough of Melton.   The Mayor Elect, Councillor David Wright, said :

‘This will be a very special occasion for Melton and I urge people to come along and see the parade and the ship’s company marching through the town centre.’

HMS Quorn’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Conor O’Neill, said : 

‘The ship’s company of HMS Quorn are honoured to be exercising the Freedom of the Borough that was generously conferred on us a decade ago.  As the third ship to bear the name, we are looking forward to maintaining our proud links with the Borough, which have endured through many years.’

HMS Quorn represents the cutting edge of mine countermeasures capability. She uses her powerful sonar, underwater mine disposal system and mine clearance divers to locate and destroy mines.

Built by Vosper Thornycroft Shipbuilders Ltd. at Woolston, Southampton and launched on 23 January 1988, HMS Quorn was commissioned into the Royal Navy one year later.

With a ship's company of 44 and weighing 685 tonnes, HMS Quorn is part of the Royal Navy’s Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCM2) based in Portsmouth.

The Royal Navy’s minehunters are deployed around the UK and all over the world keeping the sea lanes clear, whether from historic mines or future threats.

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For more information please contact:

Name:  Lena Shuttlewood
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502314
Email: lshuttlewood@melton.gov.uk