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PLYMOUTH DROPS OPPOSITION TO WAR HERO CELEBRATIONS

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The Labour-controlled Plymouth City Council has dropped objections to plans to celebrate the life of a naval office...
The Labour-controlled Plymouth City Council has dropped objections to plans to celebrate the life of a naval officer who played a crucial role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Daily Telegraph reports (p14).

Conservative councillors had wanted to mark the 400th anniversary of war hero Sir John Hawkins's death with a programme of commemorative events in his native town of Plymouth but the Labour majority had objected because of Sir John's 'associations with the slave trade'.

Now the council has decided to fund an exhibition in the city's museum next year which will make reference to Sir John's connection with the slave trade as well as his war exploits.
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