Solihull adopts HMS Vivacious
Warships Week 7 - 14 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’s article ‘National Savings and Warship Weeks’.
Solihull's Warship Week, 27 - 14 March 1942, raised the astonishing amount of £526,265 which worked out at £8 19s 8d per person. At present all we know about the adoption of Vivacious is a brief report in the Birmingham Mail. Please get in touch if you have photographs or stories to contribute to this page.
Warship Ceremony at Solihull
During Warship Week last March, Solihull more than doubled its target figure and invested half a million pounds in National Savings. This entitled the district to adopt the destroyer Vivacious. Last night naval officers and ratings were present at the Council House when a ceremony of exchanging tokens between the ship and Urban District was observed. Accepting a plaque inscribed to commemorate the event, an officer representing the commander of the destroyer said the ships company, which previously had not heard of Solihull now knew that there was a community of people they could regard as their ‘foster parents’ and links such as this between the people at home and those at sea were a great value. Councillor Shaw said Solihull’s association with HMS Vivacious did not end with this ceremony but would continue in efforts of various kinds to foster the welfare of all serving aboard her. The ships’ gift was in the form of a carved oak plaque incorporating the ship’s badge - a squirrel - and slung to a ships lifebelt.
Birmingham Mail, Friday, 27 November 1942