Labour Councillor Mark Cherry, working with other councillors, ensured that a pub sign on the soon-to-be demolished Admiral Holland pub was saved and ended up with a voluntary-run railway in Shropshire.
The sign featured ‘the pride of the Royal Navy’ – HMS Hood, which 75 years ago on 24th May 1941 was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck with the loss of all but three of the 1418 souls on board.
Mr Gough of Mold Crescent Banbury cleaned and restored the sign and with the help of Cllr Cherry took it to Shropshire to include it in a special commemoration.
On Saturday 17 September in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, a rededicate took place of a Class 50 diesel locomotive No. D431/50031 Hood, to enter it into service to work the 1.30pm train from Kidderminster and 3.40pm from Bridgnorth. Mark said, ‘All of the class 50 diesels were named after Royal Naval ships and four of them; Ark Royal, Defiance, Exeter and Hood, are maintained and run on the Severn Valley Railway and based at Kidderminster by enthusiastic volunteers. It was a pleasure to hand over the pub sign where it will be properly valued in perpetuity’.