Learning about Gunwharf Quays’ naval past

ARTY Nicole Oliver on holiday visiting Gunwharf Quays with her diver made out of clay.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121272-7432)
ARTY Nicole Oliver on holiday visiting Gunwharf Quays with her diver made out of clay. Picture: Sarah Standing (121272-7432)
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NICOLE Oliver was among dozens of children who have been learning about Gunwharf Quays’ naval past during the Easter school break.

Eight-year-old Nicole, of Watford, who is on holiday in Portsmouth with her family, made a Royal Navy diver out of clay at the Depth Charge workshops in the shopping centre.

Centre staff and the international theatre company Wet Picnic have been running events all week to celebrate Gunwharf’s history as the naval mine warfare and diving establishment HMS Vernon.

It saw Nicole and other youngsters get hands on to create their own navy divers out of clay.

‘It was a lot of fun. I called my one Dave,’ said Nicole.

Her dad Shay said: ‘It’s a great event to learn a bit more about Portsmouth and get kids involved in a bit history. It was good entertainment as well.’

The Depth Charge workshops are running until Sunday afternoon.

It will conclude with a ‘flash mob’ at 2pm on Sunday, which will see dozens of divers appear across the shopping and leisure centre for an hour. There will then be a final procession at 3pm for youngsters to show off their clay divers and other crafty creations before it ends with a show by the Wet Picnic performers.