WELL-WISHERS lined the streets to welcome the crew of Durham’s adopted ship.
HMS Bulwark was given the Freedom of the City two years ago to strengthen its link as County Durham’s affiliated Royal Navy ship.
To mark the continuing relationship, Durham County Council chairman Dennis Morgan invited the crew to exercise their right to march through the streets, with the display held in Durham yesterday.
He was among dignitaries who met the 180 servicemen and women on Palace Green after the march – led by the Band of the HM Royal Marines – had passed through the streets from the Racecourse.
The parade, which was seen by hundreds of Union flag-waving schoolchildren, was followed by a service of thanksgiving at Durham Cathedral.
Coun Morgan said it was a “privilege” to see the crew march, with the event also coinciding with the Poppy Appeal.
He also presented HMS Bulwark’s commanding officer Captain Alex Burton with a hamper of locally-produced goods and a framed scroll of a specially-commissioned watercolour depicting scenes of County Durham landmarks.
The ship has been docked at North Shields since Monday Monday and thecrew have taken part in number of engagements in the North East.