25th November 2011
Here are five of your Adelaide shipmates. They all look pretty relaxed, even serene, except the man holding the Red Duster. Above my head is a clock which tells me we’re already 15 minutes late for the big parade; but these lads who have been bombed and shot at and mined in the Falklands, the Gulf, Bosnia and Sierra Leone are not going to get stressed out because of a Remembrance Sunday parade. They are happy to fly the Ensign and to try to keep in step, but they also want a good run ashore .. We had a great day and a great night, and we’re all signed up to save the Clipper; Adelaide has brought us together, as I hope she will heal some wounds in this town and bring Sunderland closer together ..