FORMER SUBMARINERS PLAN SPECIAL SERVICE

HMS Tiptoe during its service.

THE annual submariners' remembrance service takes place at St Mary's Church, in Blyth, on Sunday, November 5. Up to 100 seafarers, dignitaries and former submariners are expected at the morning service.

A wreath will be laid on the anchor of the war-time vessel HMS Tiptoe in remembrance of her crew. HMS Tiptoe, built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, was launched February 25, 1944 and enjoyed a long and distinguished wartime tour. It also featured in "We dive at dawn", starring John Mills.

It visited Barrow in February 1969 for her 25th anniversary, shortly before paying off. HMS Tiptoe was the last of the T boats to retire from service, and she paid off at Portsmouth on 29th August 1969. She was scrapped in 1975. Her anchor was mounted on stone and erected at Blyth in 1979. She is photographed here.

Three branches of Submariners' Association - the north east, Sunderland and Blyth and Wansbeck - organise the service. Visitors are expected from a wide area.

Blyth was used as a submarine base during both worlds wars. Many of the former submarines did their training in the town. The service starts at 11am.