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Bring mothballed ship home plea
HMS Invincible
The aircraft carrier is the biggest ship ever built in Barrow
A campaign has been launched to bring a mothballed warship back to the Cumbria town where it was built.

HMS Invincible was decommissioned last year after 25 years Royal Navy service.

The aircraft carrier was the biggest ship ever built in Barrow and campaigners want it to be a tourist attraction, or at least visit the town.

Lorraine Robinson set up the campaign after the ship snubbed Barrow and failed to visit when it was mothballed. It is currently in Portsmouth.

HMS Invincible is currently the responsibility of the MoD's Disposal and Reserve Ships Organisation until it is sold in 2010.

'Real icon'

Ms Robinson's welder father David, 70, helped build the ship and she recently set up the Bring Invincible Back website.

She said: "We are currently in collaboration with the MoD in a bid to bring Invincible home for a visit, so that people can take a look around this fine vessel and see the great craftsmanship of the people of Barrow.

"In her last week of service at the end of July 2005, HMS Invincible visited North Shields and people were given an open day to take a look around her.

"It was a real shame that after 25 years of service with the Royal Navy the people of Barrow-in-Furness never got to celebrate the end of her career. She is a real icon especially for all the people who worked on her."

The carrier was launched by the Queen in 1977. The Duke of York was based on board as a Sea King helicopter pilot during the Falklands war.

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