Events to mark 30 years since Mary Rose raised

BOW Costumed interpreter at the Mary Rose Museum Chris Figgins, dressed as a Tudor archer with a longbow. Picture: Sarah Standing (123006-1806)
BOW Costumed interpreter at the Mary Rose Museum Chris Figgins, dressed as a Tudor archer with a longbow. Picture: Sarah Standing (123006-1806)
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LONGBOWS will be fired into the Solent and a toast raised to mark 30 years since the Mary Rose was raised from the seabed.

Museum officials have organised a unique boat trip out to the spot where Henry VIII’s flagship went down with 500 hands during a skirmish with the French.

MOMENTOUS The Many Rose wreck being lifted out of the Solent

MOMENTOUS The Many Rose wreck being lifted out of the Solent

The trip will leave Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at 3pm on October 11 – 30 years to the day that millions of people around the world tuned in to see the moment the Mary Rose was raised from the sea.

Around 250 paying passengers will be taken to the wreck site and treated to commentaries from Rear Admiral John Lippiett, who is the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, and broadcaster Bruce Parker who was the BBC commentator on the day of the raising in 1982.

A Tudor musician will play and there will be a ceremonial longbow salute by the Purbrook Archers as a toast is raised to mark the anniversary.

The tribute has been organised by Sue Judge, museum services manager for the Mary Rose Trust.

She said: ‘It’s 30 years since the ship was raised and I thought it would be nice to mark this by actually going to the spot where history was made.

‘A lot of people are quite interested and we’ve already had bookings coming in.

‘People seem to be really excited.

‘They remember when the ship was raised and want to be involved in the trip.’

After the afternoon boat returns to the dockyard at 5pm, there will be an anniversary talk at the old Mary Rose Museum by Christopher Dobbs, one of the salvage diving team in 1982 who still works at the trust.

Everyone attending the anniversary event will be treated to a complimentary glass of wine, commemorative gift certificate and souvenir gift bag.

Details of a full programme of further anniversary lectures, due to take place on October 12 and 13, are due to be released soon.

There will also be a private divers’ reunion to honour their achievements of 30 years ago.

The 30th anniversary celebrations come ahead of the new £35m Mary Rose Museum opening at the Historic Dockyard early next year.

As reported last week, the opening date has been pushed back from this November due to the complexities of getting more than 10,000 Tudor artefacts into their environmentally-conditioned showcases at the new museum.

Tickets for the boat trip cost £12.50.

The evening talk from 5.45pm to 7.30pm costs a further £12.50. A combined ticket costs £24.

Call (023) 9281 2931.