Recently I was honoured to attend a civic event in the city of Hull, inside its historic Guildhall, the seat of local government in the city.
The current Guildhall is Hull’s fourth and dates back to 1906. The internal decoration of the building is marvellous and a tribute to the civic pride and splendour of a great city.
A tradition in Hull is that visiting warships leave a small decorative shield which is then mounted on a wall in one of the long corridors of the guildhall. The collection is impressive to say the least, and testifies to the continuing links between the great city and the Royal Navy and other friendly navies.
This badge, probably from one of the HMS Echo survey ships, is of special interest to me since my father served on an earlier survey ship, HMS Scott.