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29 October 2014
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BBC WM on board for HMS Coventry campaign

BBC WM today (Tuesday 5 March) launched their support to back the Lord Mayor’s campaign for the commissioning of a new naval ship named after the city of Coventry.

Coventry has been linked with Her Majesty's navy since 1658. The HMS Coventry vessels of the twentieth century have taken part in both World Wars and the Falklands War, in which 19 crew members lost their lives when the ship was sunk. The sixth and most recent HMS Coventry has been deployed a total of 14 times, contributing to different tasks around the world. Having become a victim of the Navy’s strategic defence review, until the campaign began it seemed unlikely another HMS Coventry would ever sail the seas again.

The campaign has already generated widespread support both locally and nationally, with more than 40 MPs signing a Commons motion asking for a new HMS Coventry to be commissioned. Also backing the campaign are Coventry City FC and the Coventry Evening Telegraph. The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Dave Chater, has welcomed the station's support for his campaign, which he started following the decommissioning of the ship earlier this year.

Keith Beech, Station Editor, says: "The name of HMS Coventry is part of the history of the city and of the area. Here at BBC WM, we're determined to help to re-establish the links between the city and the Royal Navy."

The on-air support for the campaign launched on Annie Othen’s breakfast show today between 6.00 and 9.00am.

Notes to Editors

BBC WM broadcasts across Coventry & Warwickshire on 94.8, 104 & 103.7FM.



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