The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is asking schools throughout the country to build the largest paper battleship fleet to honour the 250 vessels that fought in the Battle of Jutland, the greatest naval engagement of the First World War.

On the 31 May 2016, the centenary date, the government is to hold a series of special Battle of Jutland Centenary commemorations, and schools are being invited to join the nation as part of the wider tributes.

This initiative is part of this year’s Red, White and Blue Day campaign, which will celebrate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland as well as the Battle of the Somme whilst raising vital funds for three service charities: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), ABF the Soldier’s Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Photo: Imogen, a Junior 1 year student at Austin Friars Junior School, Carlisle, makes her first paper battleship

New initiative

Chris Taylor, Communications Officer at the RNRMC, said: “We’re encouraging children to be creative and make whatever boat they like; perhaps painting them in red, white and blue, by naming their ships or by writing messages to those who sail in today’s Royal Navy.

“We think it’s a really fun activity and would like as many people to get involved as possible."

He added: “It is just a small way of paying tribute to the centenary of the Battle of Jutland and highlighting the pivotal role that was played by the Royal Navy.”

Send in your ships

The RNRMC is encouraging schools to send pictures of their paper ships flotilla by email, social media or by sending them by post to be featured as part of the wider commemorations.

There will be prizes given to the schools whose pupils show the most creativity, by building the most impressive boats or flotillas. Prizes include a copy of a signed copy of 'Duel in the North Sea - HMS Ambuscade at Jutland', by Pat Avery, the grandson of a wireless operator who served at the Battle of Jutland.

To be featured on www.redwhiteblueday.co.uk, schools should email their photos to Red, White & Blue Day project leader Patty Wallis at: pwallis@soldierscharity.org; or, for a chance to play a part in the wider commemorations, post their best (flat packed) ships before 20 May 2016 to:

Red, White & Blue Day Jutland flotilla
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
Building 29
HMS Excellent
Whale Island
Portsmouth
PO2 8ER

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Photo: Austin Friars Junior School, Carlisle, classmate Sofia shows off multiple applications for the ships