Happy birthday HMS Warrior!

CELEBRATION Margot Bastable, left, Ken Jones and two-year-old Elodie Kerr cut a cake to celebrate HMS Warrior's 150th anniversary.   (112700-507)
CELEBRATION Margot Bastable, left, Ken Jones and two-year-old Elodie Kerr cut a cake to celebrate HMS Warrior's 150th anniversary. (112700-507)

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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, 91, and Elodie Kerr, the two-year-old daughter of the ship’s events manager, to cut the birthday cake. Mrs Bastable, who has worked at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for 15 years, said: ‘It’s a huge privilege.’