Victory milestone

John Dunaway, from Langstone, and his twin sons Dylan and Freddie, five, who are the 25millionth visitors to HMS Victory with professor Dominic Tweddl, director general, Royal Navy Museums, and 1st Lt Helen Wright who is Victory's first officer
John Dunaway, from Langstone, and his twin sons Dylan and Freddie, five, who are the 25millionth visitors to HMS Victory with professor Dominic Tweddl, director general, Royal Navy Museums, and 1st Lt Helen Wright who is Victory's first officer
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THE 25 millionth visitor has been welcomed aboard Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory in Portsmouth, which has been open to the public for 84 years.

John Dunaway, and twin sons Dylan and Freddie, aged five, from Langstone, claimed the honour as they visited the warship at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has been keeping a count of the number of visitors since the ship opened in 1928.

Mr Dunaway and his sons were greeted at the gangway with balloons and party poppers and were welcomed on board by the director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Professor Dominic Tweddle, and 1st Lieutenant Helen Wright, the ship’s executive officer.

Mr Dunaway said: ‘We’re really honoured to be the 25 millionth visitors, it’s an incredible number and I decided to bring the boys along today as they are just about the right age to understand it all.

‘We’re really lucky to have Victory on our doorstep, it’s something to be proud of.’

Visitor records date back to 1928, when it welcomed 17,135 people on board, and now the ship attracts 350,000 visitors a year.