Hull fails in HMS Illustrious bid

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Published: Thursday 30th October 2014 by The News Editor

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HMS Illustrious will not be brought to Hull and turned into a tourist attraction as part of City of Culture celebrations, it has been announced.

Hull City Council wanted the 20,000-tonne carrier, which was decommissioned in August this year after 32 years of service, moved next to The Deep aquarium by 2017.

But the Ministry of Defence has now released its shortlist of bids for the ship and Hull failed to make the cut.

Lib Dem councillor Claire Thomas said the Labour-led authority had wasted taxpayers’ money on the plan.

She said “serious questions” needed to be asked about about why the authority had thought it was a good idea to spend over £500,000 on developing a riverside berth for HMS Illustrious.

Stephen Brady, Labour leader of the council, said he was disappointed at the decision, adding the city would now focus on turning the dock into a cruise ship terminal.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Thursday 30th October 2014 by The News Editor

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  • Stuart Chambers

    Good. Now tell us how and where the £500,000.00+ was spent. I hear that those from some parts of Hull are not very good at maths.

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