THE last known survivor of war ship HMS Jupiter unveiled a lasting tribute in Evesham to those who served on the destroyer during the Second World War.

Harold Lock officially opened Jupiter Road at Redrow's Laburnum Gardens development at a ceremony on Thursday.

The road has been named in recognition of HMS Jupiter, which was adopted by the then Evesham Borough Council during WWII.

Mr Lock, who was serving on the destroyer when it was sunk by a mine off the coast of Java in 1942, unveiled the road sign, which featured the HMS Jupiter crest.

The 91-year-old lied about his age to join the Royal Navy at just 14 and when HMS Jupiter sank he swam through miles of shark infested waters to reach land, only to be met by Japanese soldiers.

He was then held captive for more than three years until the end of the war.

The name for the road was suggested by Evesham Town Council.

Mayor of Evesham Councillor Charlie Homer, said: "As a town, we are proud of our historical link with HMS Jupiter. Evesham adopted this vessel during WW2 as part of the War Weeks initiative and it is fitting that this link is recognised with the naming of a road in the town.

"I am sure the name will instil a sense of pride in the new residents of Jupiter Road and give them a specific connection to Evesham’s recent past."

Ken Williams, secretary of the HMS Jupiter Association, added: “The Evesham area adopted HMS Jupiter as its own and raised money for the ship. We appreciate that this special relationship is being remembered even after all these years.”

Redrow Homes (Midlands) organised the naming event and Pauline Turnbull, the company's sales director, said it was a "pleasure" to meet Mr Lock. She added: "Who is without doubt a hero, and to celebrate what he and his comrades did for this country."

The chairman of Wychavon District Council, Lynne Duffy also attended the event.

She said: "This is a fitting tribute and we have been honoured to be involved in this project. This is a lasting way to commemorate the town’s connection to HMS Jupiter."