Whatever happened to the Excellent lion with the warrior roar?

The lion on top of the drill shed, HMS Excellent, Whale Island.
The lion on top of the drill shed, HMS Excellent, Whale Island.

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I wonder if any former Royal Navy gunners can remember this lion that once stood above the drill shed of the former Royal Naval School of Gunnery at HMS Excellent, Whale Island?

The motto ‘In Time of Peace Prepare For War’ is just as pertinent today, if not more so, considering all the problems in the world.

rw British Restaurant ''Inside the British Restaurant at Park Way, Havant

rw British Restaurant ''Inside the British Restaurant at Park Way, Havant

I can find out little about the lion and wondered if it was still located somewhere in the establishment which now contains the firefighting school since HMS Phoenix closed in 1994.

As I mentioned last week, there are two new booklets out – one about Havant during the First World War and another about the war memorial in the town.

Both are written by Anne Griffiths.

I will be writing more on them next week. The booklets can be obtained from Havant museum or from Ralph Cousins on (023) 9248 4024.

rw life saver adam fleming 1990''Seven year old Adam Fleming who saved his mother's life back in 1990.

rw life saver adam fleming 1990''Seven year old Adam Fleming who saved his mother's life back in 1990.

Below, right, we see a photograph of the British Restaurant inside a Nissen hut in Park Way, Havant, in 1958.

The restaurants were launched as places to supply cheap meals for anyone who wished to eat there, especially workers.

The Havant one was opened in 1942 at a cost of £3,330 and, believe it or not, the actor Lt Cdr Ralph Richardson RNVR came down to perform the opening ceremony.

After closure in 1958 the hut became a DIY shop. It was demolished to make way for the new Park Way shopping centre and car park.

rw fratton goods yard 1988''A string of empty turbot ballast wagons arrives in Fratton yard  circa 1988.'Note much of the track lifted on the right.

rw fratton goods yard 1988''A string of empty turbot ballast wagons arrives in Fratton yard circa 1988.'Note much of the track lifted on the right.

Back in 1990 a pregnant mother fell down the stairs at her home in Paulsgrove. Luckily for her she had her seven-year-old son Adam Fleming on hand.

Adam saw immediately his mother Angela was in a bad way and dialled 999. His mum was taken to hospital where she recovered.

Adam’s dad Jeff was very relieved to see Angela had come through the crisis but what became of Adam?

And did his mum deliver him a brother or sister?

And finally, on the opposite page, we see a scene that can never be repeated as all the lines are lifted now.

It is looking back on a string of Turbot ballast wagons after entering Fratton goods yard about 1988.

All of this area is now part of the Fratton Centre with a gymnasium on this section of land I believe.

In the distance can be seen the bridge over the railway line with the backs of the houses that face onto Byerley Road, Fratton.