HMS Collingwood sailors come up trumps at Gosport’s Diving Museum

WORK Sailors from HMS Collingwood helped with a tidy-up of the grounds surrounding the Diving Museum bunker
WORK Sailors from HMS Collingwood helped with a tidy-up of the grounds surrounding the Diving Museum bunker

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TRAINEE navy divers have helped tidy up a museum dedicated to their predecessors.

The sailors from HMS Collingwood, the navy’s training base in Fareham, mucked in with a major tidy-up of the grounds surrounding the Diving Museum bunker in Avenue Road, Gosport.

The group spent three days clearing away overgrown brambles and bushes to return the bunker to its former glory.

Used as an air raid protection bunker during the Second World War, the building was derelict for 20 years before becoming part of the museum.

John Bevan, chairman of the Historical Diving Society, which helps run the museum, said: ‘We will be creating an historical display inside and our aim is to have this open to the public every year during the Gosport Heritage Days. We also hope to use it for our reference library and store

‘It is a great benefit to us having the sailors’ help.

‘The physical effort they are putting in to get this cleared is great – this is difficult work.’