HMS Bulwark to display Blyth Spartans shirt

The lads in 2EZ2 on the flight deck of HMS Bulwark with their new Blyth Spartans shirt. Pictured are, back row from left, STD Cowell, LWTR Mason, SC Strong, SC Gray, LWTR Mcvinnie and MA Savage; and front, from left, SC Kelly, SC Blackburn, MA Spence, STD Collinson.

The lads in 2EZ2 on the flight deck of HMS Bulwark with their new Blyth Spartans shirt. Pictured are, back row from left, STD Cowell, LWTR Mason, SC Strong, SC Gray, LWTR Mcvinnie and MA Savage; and front, from left, SC Kelly, SC Blackburn, MA Spence, STD Collinson.

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A Blyth Spartans shirt has been delivered early for Christmas – across the ocean.

Craig Blackburn, who serves on HMS Bulwark, asked the ship’s captain if they could smarten up the mess with a few framed football shirts.

Blyth Spartans were one of the clubs which came up in conversation.

However, due processes had to be followed and after consultation with the Admiralty, they got the go ahead to approach the Croft Park club.

The shirt will now be framed when the ship docks in Plymouth and will hang on the wall of the mess square.