HMS Sultan opens its gates to families

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FAMILIES enjoyed a day visiting their loved ones at a navy base.

HMS Sultan in Gosport threw open its gates to families, with a barbecue, live bands playing and activities for children.

They were also given tours of the establishment and rides on a Super Sentinel Steam Wagon – maintained by sailors and former sailors at the base.

During the event, on Thursday, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity donated £21,000 for new tyres and boiler repairs for the wagon.

The steam lorry was originally built in 1930 and used to transport flour and gravel.

It was loaned to HMS Sultan in 1960 and an enthusiasts club at the establishment bought it in 1970 for £1,250.

Commanding officer Captain Gulley said: ‘The Super Sentinel operates as a valuable ambassador for HMS Sultan and engineering within the Royal Navy.

‘Its ability to capture the imagination of both the young and the old is unwavering and as with many of the events it travels to, many families have been able to enjoy rides.’

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