Gosport Royal Navy sites opened up to raise cash for sub

HERITAGE The submariner's memorial chapel
HERITAGE The submariner's memorial chapel
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FOR one day only, Gosport’s Royal Navy sites at Fort Blockhouse and HMS Sultan are opening their doors to their hidden heritage as part of a fundraising day to save a submarine.

On Saturday, March 3 behind-the-scenes tours of Fort Rowner, Fort Grange, the submariner’s memorial chapel, the Wyllie paintings of Fort Blockhouse, HMS Sultan’s aircraft hangar and marine engineering museum will be available to the general public.

The aim is to help raise money for the historic sub HMS Alliance, which is based at the Royal Navy Museum in Gosport.

The navy museum’s Chris Munns said: ‘We are really delighted to have the support of HMS Sultan and Fort Blockhouse for this special mini navy open day in aid of Saving HMS Alliance.

‘Visitors can do both sites in one day or pick and choose the tours they want to do.’

HMS Dolphin was the home to the Royal Navy’s Submarine Service.

Now known as Fort Blockhouse, the hidden heritage tour will be led by a retired submariner.

Tickets are £5 per person and children are free.

They must be booked in advance from the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

For more information call (023) 92510 354 ext 240 or visit submarine-museum.co.uk