Sailor back in county for parade

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A Northumbrian sailor is back in his home county for a visit with his ship this week.

Adam McPartland, an engineering technician aboard the HMS Northumberland, will be taking part in a freedom parade, along with the rest of the frigate’s crew, through Morpeth tomorrow, starting at 1.30pm.

The 22-year-old, a father of one from Guide Post, will also be welcoming visitors aboard the ship, built at Wallsend’s Swan Hunter yard in 1991 and 1992, today and on Saturday.

Invited guests, including Northumberland County Council chief executive Steven Mason, will be shown around the warship at Northumbrian Quay in North Shields today.

Members of the public are also invited along on Saturday, between 11am and 3.30pm.

Entry is free, and no booking is required.

The 436ft-long vessel’s six-day visit to the North East ends on Monday.