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HMS Warrior volunteer Margot Bastable, HMS Warrior Trust Chief Executive, Ken Jones, and two year old Elodie Kerr, cut a cake to celebrate the 150th anniversary of HMS Warrior's commissioning into the Royal Navy.
HMS Warrior volunteer Margot Bastable, HMS Warrior Trust Chief Executive, Ken Jones, and two year old Elodie Kerr, cut a cake to celebrate the 150th anniversary of HMS Warrior's commissioning into the Royal Navy.
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Celebrations were held aboard HMS Warrior to mark 150 years since the warship was commissioned into the Royal Navy.

Warrior, which was salvaged and turned into a tourist attraction in Portsmouth in 1987, was the world’s first iron-hulled, armour-plated warship powered by steam.

In a twist on the naval tradition of cutting a commissioning cake, which usually involves the captain’s wife and the youngest member of the ship’s company, Warrior staff chose their eldest volunteer Margot Bastable.

Joining her was Elodie Kerr, the two-year-old daughter of the ship’s events manager, to cut the birthday cake.

Mrs Bastable is a very special lady to the Historic Dockyard.

She has worked there as a volunteer for 15 years.

At the celebration while cutting the cake, the 91-year-old said: ‘It’s a huge privilege.’