A WIRRAL engineer took a trip down memory lane when HMS Liverpool docked.
Thirty years ago Ken Hunt watched as the Type 42 destroyer he had helped build went down the slipway at Cammell Laird.
This week he said farewell – along with the next generation of would-be engineers invited to HMS Liverpool during her final visit to the area.
Ken, a lecturer in the engineering department at Wirral Metropolitan College, was invited along with a party of his students to tour the ship and meet officers and crew as part of their engineering programme.
Their visit was made possible thanks to a special relationship between the Royal Navy and the college – Commodore Dickie Baum, Naval Regional Commander North of England and Isle of Man, served in the Royal Navy with college principal Mike Potter CBE.
Ken said: “It was a proud day to know you have been a part of history but a sad one too as the ship won’t be back in the Mersey ever again.”
For the second year running, catering students from Wirral Met cooked and served an exclusive meal for VIP guests on board, while hairdressing students put their barbering talents to work on crew members.
And performing arts students staged quayside dance before an evening reception.