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"Hood" Building Opening at H.M.S. Collingwood, September 2004
Updated 06-May-2014

In September 2004, members of the H.M.S. Hood Association gathered at H.M.S. Collingwood, for the opening of a special building.

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H.M.S. Hood veterans in the Hood building at H.M.S. Collingwood
Hood veterans at H.M.S. Collingwood.
Left to right: Ron Patterson, Nobby Clark, Bill Stone, Alec Kellaway, Ted Briggs, Frank Pavey and Keith Evans

On Tuesday, 21 September 2004 members of the H.M.S. Hood Association gathered at H.M.S. Collingwood to attend the opening ceremony for the base's new "Hood" building. This building will serve as a Personnel Administration facility. Work on the building began last year when the last survivor of the loss of H.M.S. Hood, Ted Briggs, cut the the first section of turf in the presence of the Collingwood command staff.

The opening ceremony was hosted by the new base Commanding Officer, Commodore A.R. Nance, OBE. Also in attendance was the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire. There was an excellent turn out of Hood veterans: Ted Briggs (President), Commander Keith Evans (Vice Chairman), Reverend Ronald Paterson (Chaplain), Ken "Nobby" Clark (Treasurer), Frank Pavey, Bill Stone and 'new' veteran Alec Kellaway. Other members present included our Patron, Lord Henry Hood and his wife Fleur, Chairman Peter Heys, Secretary Jean Heys, Standard Bearer Anthony Middleton, Web Researcher Paul Bevand, model maker Colin Vass, Channel 4 Producer Rob White and Hood discoverer David Mearns.

After gathering in the Wardroom, the party was taken by coach to the new "Hood" building where we were seated to watch the formalities of speeches followed by the cutting of the ribbon by Surgeon Rear Admiral Farquharson-Roberts, CBE QHS MA (Lond) FRCS, Medical Director General (Navy).

Ted gave a short speech in the foyer and then unveiled the plaque to formally declare the building open. He was then joined by "Young Bill" Stone. Bill, our Association's senior member, had celebrated his 104th birthday a week before and was in his usual good form with renditions of "All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor", "We Parted on the Shore" and "Abide with Me".

We were then free to tour the building and examine the state of the art medical facilities that have been installed. There was also time to examine the impressive display of Hood artefacts that has been assembled in the foyer. Colin Vass's models of Hood and Bismarck had both been brought especially for the day from their usual home at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth. Among the other items displayed in the foyer are an impressive Roll of Honour to the side of which are photos of the 3 survivors and a barrel. We were then invited to watch Surgeon Rear-Admiral Farquharson-Roberts plant a Hood memorial tree in the garden at the centre of the building.

Following this we adjourned back to the wardroom for a very pleasant lunch. Here a presentation was made of a copy of Simon Atack's excellent painting "Farewell the Hood" which was gratefully accepted by Commodore Nance.

Assorted Photos
Below are assorted photos from the event. Click to enlarge.

Hood building dedication ceremony    Bill Stone sings    Hood  artefacts    Ted Briggs and the Roll of Honour