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A service of remembrance will be held tomorrow (Sunday) for Newbury’s adopted World War II submarine

A STANDARDS parade and church service will be held in memory of those who lost their lives on Newbury's adopted wartime submarine, HMS Tigris.

The parade, featuring members of the local submariners association, the Royal Navy association and the Royal British Legion, will start at Newbury Town Hall from 11am and finish at the nearby St Nicolas' Church for the service, which starts at 11.30am on Sunday.

The submarine was lost in February 1943 after failing to return to Algiers following a patrol. It sank with all 63 crew on board.

Guests on the day will include Newbury mayor Ian Grose and 91-year-old war veteran Vernon Coles, from Newbury, who served on HMS Tigris.

The Reverend Sarah Alexander will take the service at the Bartholomew Street church.

Chairman of the Newbury Royal Naval Association and local Submariners Association, Bob McGuinness, said that people from Newbury had donated money which enabled the submarine to be adopted.

He said: “It got adopted because Newbury had raised a sufficient amount of money.

“Tigris was allocated to Newbury for the amount that Newbury had raised.”

All are welcome to attend the service.

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