Campaigners are urging people to sign a petition to save Appledore Shipyard before they hand it to Babcock this week.

The rally to save Appledore Shipyard. Picture: Graham HobbsThe rally to save Appledore Shipyard. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Tomorrow (Tuesday) shipyard and union workers will travel to London for crucial meetings in their bid to save the yard from closure.

First they will visit Westminster and meet with Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox, and defence minister Gavin Williamson.

They will then travel to shipyard operator Babcock’s headquarters to hand in the petition to save the yard.

So far the online petition has had more than 8,200 signatures, but many were collected manually at a rally in Bideford on Saturday.

It was set up by unions GMB and UNITE.

Speaking at the rally, Jake McLean, a fabricator at the yard and GMB union representative, said he was overwhelmed at the support.

He said: “I’m hoping that Babcock realise they have got all the community behind this company.

“I hope it puts pressure on them to put more work into the yard and keep it open.”

If you haven’t already, sign and share the petition to save Appledore Shipyard here.