HMS Northumberland visits JCSC
Pupils were treated to a closeup view of a Merlin helicopter and met some of the flight crew. Later a group of sixth formers travelled to visit the warship as it docked in the Port of Tyne.
“We do a few visits when we can,” said Flight Commander Karen Barnicoat. “We try to increase the visibility of the Navy. We’re normally at sea, so visits like this give the kids a chance to look around.”
This was the first visit to Amble by HMS Northumberland. In recent years they have visited schools elsewhere in the county. Head of JCSC Governors Cllr Scott Dickinson organised the warship crew’s visit to the Friendliest Port.
R-L: Pilot Rob De Maine, Flight Commander Karen Barnicoat, Cllr Scott Dickinson, pupils from JCSC, Councillor Kath Nisbet Civic Head of Northumberland and Margaret Richardson Consort to the Civic Head.