Leeds adopted what was then the third Ark Royal, in November 1941, only 10 days before it was sunk off the coast of Gibraltar. The people of Leeds rallied round and within 10 days raised the incredible sum of pounds 9m towards the cost of a replacement. It was this replacement, like its predecessor built at Cammell Laird and launched in 1950 by HM the Queen (now Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), that your photograph shows.
Over the years the relationship with the ship has remained strong, and I have witnessed the tremendous amount of time and effort donated by the ship's company towards the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal to convert a farm on the outskirts of Leeds into a holiday centre for needy children.
Lord Mayor of Leeds
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