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Warship Weeks

Hucknall, Derbyshire, adopts HMS Vimy

Warships Week 2 March 1942

Between October 1941 and the end of March 1942, Warships Weeks were organised in cities, towns and villages throughout Great Britain.  The intention was to raise a sum by investment or deposit in all types of war savings representing the cost of building one of His Majesty’s ships ranging from the smallest to the largest vessels.  Once the target had been raised the community adopted the vessel along with its crew and the bond was strengthened by presentations in recognition of the money raised. Adoption plaques were presented by the Admiralty to the community and a plaque presented by the community to the adopted vessel. Links were maintained by the writing of letters and the provision of comforts and whenever possible visits were arranged to the adopting area.

Most of the V&W Class destroyers in commission with the Royal Navy were adopted during the Warship Week scheme and in a number of cases local sea cadet units later took the name of the ship. To find more about Warship Weeks see Peter Schofield’s article on ‘National Savings and Warship Weeks’.

Nottingham Journal
Monday, 15 December 1941

For the Hucknall and District Warship Week, HMS Vimy a destroyer has been adopted.  The target is 210,000, and 14-21 March 1942, the week allotted to raise the sum.

Nottingham Journal
Wednesday, 18 February 1942

Seeing the “big guns" are difficult to get for the opening of Hucknall Warship Week to commence 14 March, the committee have agreed upon a novel ides tor the occasion. All the naval man who happen be on furlough at the time will be marched to the ceremony at the Byron Cinema, and the person to declare the decks cleared for action will be determined by a draw. Mr. F. Seymour Cocks, MP, and local councillors will be present with military units, sea  cadets, and other branches of the Services.

Nottingham Journal
Friday, 13 March 1942

Hucknall WW opens tomorrow.  The target is 210,000, representing the hull of a destroyer.  The ship adopted is Vimy and the town is gay with displays linking ‘Vimy with Victory’.  The area covered by the week is Hucknall, Papplewick, Bestwood and part of Annesley.  The opening ceremony will be performed by a local naval man home on leave, but the actual personage will not be decided until a short time beforehand.

Nottingham Journal
Saturday, 14 March 1942

The opening ceremony was on unusual lines. Conspicuous in front of the platform were six local naval men, along with a lady of the. V.A.D. attached to the Royal Navy. From this list Ordinary Seamen R. D. F. Hodgkinson was selected to declare the Week open, and he wished success to the effort. Another boy was called upon to announce the promises so far, and these amounted to 105,250. The target is 210,000 for the adoption of HMS Vimy. To each of the men in the silent service, Councillor G. E. Goodall, chairman of the Committee, presented a Savings' Certificate. The chair was occupied by Councillor O. Smith, who said that the target meant 30,000 a day, but by pulling their weight he felt they would achieve their object. During the afternoon there was a parade of various detachments through the town. Up to last night the Carlton campaign had realised 105,000. A Comforts Fund dance the Western Tennis Club, Derby Road, last night, was well attended.

Nottingham Journal
Monday, 16 March 1942

The Hucknall Warship Week, the target for which Is 2l0,000 - opened on Saturday at the Byron Cinema on unusual lines.  Conspicuous in the front the platform were six local naval men along with a member of the VA.D. attached to the Royal Navy. From this group O/S  R. D. F. Hodgkinson was selected to declare the Week open and wished success to the enterprise. Another naval man was called upon to announce the promises, and so far these totalled 105,250. To each of those in the “Silent Service,” Councillor G. Goodall, the chairman of the committee, presented a Savings Certificate. The chair was occupied by Councillor Oliver Smith, chairman the Council.  Councillor. W. Reynolds described the Navy as ‘Their Salvation’ and he hoped that Hucknall would raise the money not only for the hull of the destroyer Vimy, but a good deal of its equipment.  Mr. F. Seymour Cocks, M.P. tor the Division proposed vote of thanks to the committee, the group secretary and the various helpers.

Nottingham Journal
Monday, 26 March 1942

Including a few interest-free loans, the latest returns show that 192,350 was realised by the Hucknall Warship Week against a target of 210,000.  Last May during War Weapons Week the town and district reached 230,000 or 80,000 beyond its target, so to raise nearly 423,000 within ten months is regarded as a notable contribution.

Nottingham Journal
Saturday, 20 February 1943

Plaque For Hucknall First 1OO for H.M.S. Vimy’s Crew “Presented by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to Hucknall Urban District commemorate the adoption of H.M.S Vimy during Warship Week, 2 March. 1942." Such was the inscription upon plaque given to Hucknall last right by Admiral Sir William E. Goodenough in exchange for one from the town.  There was a good muster of townspeople at the Church Hall to witness the ceremony which was presided over by the chairman of the District Council Mr. Oliver Smith,' who spoke of the successive efforts made by the town since the commencement of the war, and handed to the Admiral the first cheque of 1OO for comforts for the crew. Mr. G. E Goodall, who is chairman of the Savings Committee, also eulogised Hucknall people for their contribution of 239,000 and 194.000 in respective weeks, added to which there were weekly Savings to the extent of 5,000.  After the exchange of plaques, Admiral Goodenough gave an address in which he mentioned that the Navy was bringing across the water 13oz out of every lb of flour.  A dance followed the presentation.

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