Learn about life as a submariner in Gosport

Chris Hayward is presented with a certificate by Captain Andy Jordan at HMS Collingwood after 42 years' service with the navy Picture: Keith Woodland

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VISITORS can learn about the submarine service during next month’s Heritage Open Days.

On Saturday, September 8 Fort Blockhouse in Gosport – the former HMS Dolphin – will be opening its doors to its hidden heritage.

This will include a visit to the submariner’s memorial chapel, the officers’ mess to see the Wyllie paintings and new for this year, a visit into the Sett tower where submariners are trained to escape.

And on the Sunday, a special signed language tour of HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum will take place as part of the Heritage Open Days event.

Bill Sainsbury, event manager at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, said: ‘We are really delighted to have the support of Fort Blockhouse for the behind-the-scenes tours and be able to hold a British sign language tour of our own historic HMS Alliance.’

Heritage Open Days tickets are free but must be booked in advance either online at eventbrite.com or by calling the Royal Navy Submarine Museum on (023) 9254 5036.

For more information visit submarine-museum.co.uk