Protests erupted at the launching of a nuclear-powered submarine in Barrow.

HMS Repulse, which cost £55m to build, was the third Resolution class submarine to be built and launched in the town on November 4, 1967.

Before it was put to sea, the launch was marred by protests against nuclear power, members of the CND and the Barrow police force.

Furthermore, only an hour after it was launched it was held up by the tide.

This was the first time in the shipyard’s history that one of its vessels had became stuck on a sandbank, leaving it stranded in Walney Channel.

Despite its shaky start the Repulse went on to be the longest-serving submarine in its class, being decommissioned in 1996 after 29 years at sea.