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Gallipoli ship's crew backing charities.

SEAFARERS who served aboard a ship adopted by South Tyneside raised a traditional tot of rum to mark the centenary of Gallipoli.

More than 60 former HMS Euryalus crew members gathered at The Lancashire Fusiliers museum in Bury - the biggest gathering since its 1989 decommission - to mark the occasion and donate PS340 to Coun Fay Cunningham's Mayor's Charity. The gesture maintained the ship's tradition of donating money to North East charities whenever it returned to dock.

Coun Cunningham, who is supporting Cancer Connections; St Clare's Hospice; South Shields' Mission to Seafarers; local sea cadets; the KAYAKS Club; and Arts-4Wellbeing, said: "I am very grateful for their donation and it was a great highlight to mark the end of my mayoral year." Ex-Petty Officer Florrie Ford of South Shields said: "It is an honour the people of South Tyneside have a place in their hearts for us.

"And, in return, we feel it is only right that we support the Mayor's Charity's work across the borough."

HMS Euryalus played a key role in the First World War Gallipoli campaign by taking the 1st Battalion of The Lancashire Fusiliers ashore and providing naval gunfire.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2015
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