Contrary to what you may have read in the Evening News recently, campaigners hoping to find a permanent berth for HMS Edinburgh in the city that bears the ships name have confirmed that it may still be possible to find space for it in Leith Docks after all.
The news emerged after a meeting this week between The Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, and Paul Gibb, from the Save HMS Edinburgh campaign.
In a post on the campaign Facebook page Mr Gibb said: “I had a meeting with The Lord Provost of Edinburgh to discuss HMS Edinburgh. We had a lengthy chat and put across a lot of ideas that have been discussed.
“The first thing I want to say is the Leith option is still very much on the table, however putting her forward of HMY Britannia is not (it won’t fit), but they have a few locations in mind and somewhere to put her short term. The main issue is getting the MOD disposals team to favour Edinburgh Councils bid to obtain HMS Edinburgh. The best way to achieve this is by doing what we have been doing and keeping up the public campaign to get her home.
“The Lord Provost is fully committed to saving HMS Edinburgh and what we are doing here. But what we both agreed was that if public support vanishes for the campaign then so will the ship.”
If you would like to support the campaign to bring HMS Edinburgh to Leith then you can sign the official petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/50317
To date nearly 2000 people have signed it, but it is likely far more public and political support will be needed if the Save HMS Edinburgh campaign is to successfully persuade the Ministry of Defence not to auction the ship off to the highest bidder.
Another member of the Save HMS Edinburgh campaign, Graham Whyte has also floated the idea that a much needed Leith Museum could be found a home as part of the HMS Edinburgh visitor centre, were the campaign to save the boat to be successful.
Many locals have long harboured an ambition to open a museum that celebrates Leith’s place in the world, and so it may be that bringing HMS Edinburgh to Leith could provide the financial anchor to support it.
What do you think? Would you like to see HMS Edinburgh take up permanent residence in Leith Docks?
Image credit: Harland Quarrington