Chance to discover secrets of Gosport’s Town Hall

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PEOPLE can have a look at the hidden treasures in Gosport’s Town Hall.

As part of the Heritage Open Days, the council is throwing open its doors. Visitors can look at the silverware, paintings and other gifts presented to the council.

The free tour takes place on September 6 at 6.30pm.

The items are not usually on display to the public.

The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson, said: ‘We have some wonderful items displayed in the Civic Wing, but unless you are going to a council meeting or coming to see the mayor, you won’t get to see them. Due to a lack of space, many items have to be kept in storage, so it’s great this event will give the public the chance to enjoy the wonderful things presented to the borough.’

Some of the items include a naval grog tub, a pair of brass cannons, a Royal Marines Light Infantry (RMLI) drum, a 200-year-old RMLI crest and a statue of Horatio Nelson.

There are ship plaques, trophies, pictures and original paintings by Gosport artist Martin Snape.

The tour will be guided by the deputy mayor of Gosport, Cllr John Beavis, and former mayor Geoff O’Neil.

There are 25 places and they must be booked. To book, call Nigel Draycott on (023) 9254 5307 or e-mail nigel.draycott@gosport.gov.uk.