Today to learn that he disobeyed orders while in battle was the caurse of it being hit and seeing the programme changed my mind about him in my eyes he was some one to look up to Hebburn folk took him into there hearts,even many years after when he would visit the Mass grave of his ship mates in Hebburn cemetery
I remember him coming up to Hebburn in the 50s to launch a ship there were hundreds of us on the Ballast hill.
I remember on remembrence days the parade would end up at the Kelly grave and some of my ex school mates would be on guard of honer with there rifles upside down it was always very moving.
On reflextion this scene on my visits over the years,my thoughts were having 3 generations buried just 20 yards from the Kelly grave and that the fact that my father his father and his father worked at Leslies,my father was a riveter my grand father worked in the template loft they more than likely worked on the Kelly build.
I always pay my respects to all graves,i felt privlidged that my family were next to the Kelly grave.
We can not change things, not many folk left from that ERA but what we can change us that are left is our opinion on hearing the facts about Lord Mountbatten its so sad and disappointing ,I know next time I am up at little old Hebburn cemetery they will all get my respects including Lord Mountbatten
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