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Luigi Durand de la Penne Destroyer in West India Dock

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Today, saw the arrival of the Italian Destroyer, the Luigi Durand de Le Penne in West India Dock.

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Durand de la Penne came into service with Marina Militare Italiana starting from 1993, and performs missile destroyers duties  over the Mediterranean sea, and was a main part of the Italian peacekeeping force in Lebanon.

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The ship is a guided missile destroyer  whose length is 147.7 m (485 ft) with a Beam: 16.1 m (53 ft ).
It has a topspeed of 32 knots and has a full complement of 380 crew.
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The public are invited on board on Friday from 9.30am to midday and from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, on Saturday from 9.30am to midday and between 3pm and 6pm, on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm and on Monday from 9.30am to midday and 3pm to 5.30pm.

The Ship will leave London on Wednesday.

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Photo by Eric Pemberton

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Photo by Eric Pemberton

Rememberin​g The Dead from the First World War at Christ Church

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 Photo  by L. Katiyo
Yesterday there were lots of ceremonies in the UK and Europe to  remember the beginning of the First World War.  Although many of the ceremonies have been quite low key, it is the beginning of a year that will see many tributes to those who suffered in the ‘Great War’.
Regular contributor  L Katiyo  reports from  the Isle of Dogs memorial ceremony to remember the dead from the First World War at Christ Church.
A few people gathered around the memorial at Christ Church to remember all those from the Isle of Dogs who were caught up in the courageous but tragic events of the First World War.  They remembered those who were killed in action, or by disease, the bereaved, the lost, the families which were shattered, the wounded, maimed and injured, those who held in silence unspeakable memories of warfare.
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Photo  by L. Katiyo
It was a sombre, touching ceremony attended by our local MP Jim Fitzpatrick and Councillor Peter Golds.  Thanks to David Longbottom of Christ Church who served in the services himself, for organising the event.
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Photo  by L. Katiyo
Christ Church has two war memorials, one is outside the church at the corner of Manchester Road and Glenaffric Avenue and the other inside St John’s Chapel.   David has been working hard and has managed to raise part of the funding required to renovate the memorial outside the church.  The letters on the memorial have faded and unfortunately, so have the names inscribed on it.  Work on the restoration will commence soon.  The inscription will read:
REMEMBER BEFORE GOD
THE GALLANT DEAD WHOSE
NAMES ARE WRITTEN HERE
THOUGH THEIR BODIES LIE
IN OTHER LANDS.
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY
AUGUST 1914 – 1919
GRANT THEM O LORD ETERNAL REST
AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE
UPON THEM
The ceremony which began with prayers and the laying of the wreath at the memorial outside the church, ended with the laying of a wreath at the memorial inside St John’s Chapel.
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Photo  by L. Katiyo