SHE tendered some of Southampton’s best known liners and played her part in the Second World War.

Tug tender Calshot ferried troops to and from the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth and became a command post for D-Day on June 6, 1944.

Now, back home in Southampton, she is due to grace television screens nationwide – by starring on Songs of Praise.

The 85-year-old tug will be one of the locations the BBC1 programme broadcasts from on its special D-Day programme on June 1.

Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes said: “I’m a naval girl – I grew up in this area. Gosport is my home so I have always been aware of the impact of D-Day on the history of this part of the coast. I have met so many people over the years who remember the events of D-Day with pride and great emotion.”

The Tug Tender Calshot Trust, which has been restoring the tug since 1987, hopes that appearing on the programme will help them raise the £250,000 needed for her restoration.

Beaulieu Abbey, the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth and Portsmouth Cathedral will also appear on the programme.

For more information about Tug Tender Calshot or help them reach their target, call 023 8077 4717 or visit