BBC WM on
board for HMS Coventry campaign
BBC WM today (Tuesday 5 March) launched their support to back the
Lord Mayors campaign for the commissioning of a new naval
ship named after the city of 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 Navys strategic
defence review, until the campaign began it seemed unlikely another
HMS Coventry would ever sail the seas again.
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.
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."
on-air support for the campaign launched on Annie Othens breakfast
show today between 6.00 and 9.00am.
WM broadcasts across Coventry & Warwickshire on 94.8, 104 &