Submarine challenge for HMS Collingwood apprentices

CRAMPED EDF apprentices are spending the weekend on board HMS Alliance to help fund its restoration
CRAMPED EDF apprentices are spending the weekend on board HMS Alliance to help fund its restoration

Fresh bid made to save former Falklands flagship

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A TEAM of apprentices is preparing to spend 24 hours inside a Second World War submarine in a bid to raise money to save it.

HMS Alliance in Gosport is in desperate need of redevelopment and an appeal has been launched to raise £6.5m for restoration work.

Now, the team of 30 apprentices based at HMS Collingwood will eat, sleep and work in the submarine from Friday. It will be set in a Second World War environment with food and activities from that era.

Nathan Bibby, project manager, said: ‘HMS Alliance is a memorial to all the submariners that have died. We just don’t want to see it lost. It would be such a shame.’

Bill Sainsbury, spokeswoman for the submarine museum, said: ‘They will be living life as a submariner.

‘It’s very exciting for someone in 2011 to get a sense of what it must have been like back then. It’s brilliant when the community gets behind a project.’