HMS Belfast to reopen to public in May with weekend celebration of events

By Ruth Hazard | 11 April 2012
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A picture of the HMS Belfast with Tower Bridge behind
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HMS Belfast in London is set to reopen to visitors on May 18 following a period of repairs to its access gangway.

A section of the gangway that provided access to the ship collapsed in November last year meaning the ship has had to be closed while the necessary repair work was carried out.

During HMS Belfast’s service she was used in the Second World War and the Korean War, but she has spent the past 40 years in retirement as a visitor attraction in the capital.

A weekend of celebration is planned for May 26 and 27 to mark the event.

Visitors will be able to take part in an array of free activities, including a chance to meet HMS Belfast veterans and hear tales of their life at sea. A barbeque on the top deck will look out over the sights of London.

“London hasn’t been the same in the six months that the iconic HMS Belfast has been closed,” says Phil Reed, the Director of HMS Belfast.

“Since her arrival on the Thames more than 40 years ago, she has grown to be a national symbol of the efforts and endurance of sailors who took part in the Arctic Convoys, D-Day, the Cold War and Korea.

”The re-opening in May has been a long time coming and is a cause for great celebration.”

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