Victoria’s visit in 1844 inspires
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Leesland Junior School pupils in Gosport who are producing a paper inspired by Queen Victoria Front L-R Jack Pullen 9, Evan White 9,  Ellie Fulbrook 8. Back L-R  Poppy Curran 9, Leila Jones 9, Victoria Monk 9.''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131636-1)
Leesland Junior School pupils in Gosport who are producing a paper inspired by Queen Victoria Front L-R Jack Pullen 9, Evan White 9, Ellie Fulbrook 8. Back L-R Poppy Curran 9, Leila Jones 9, Victoria Monk 9.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131636-1)

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A GROUP of schools across Gosport are working on a project to celebrate Queen Victoria’s famous visit to the town in 1844.

Eight schools are working on the project alongside the New Theatre Royal.

The Queen visited the old Gosport railway station in Spring Gardens on October 14 1844 with her husband, Prince Albert.

They were in the town with Louis Philippe, King of France, at the end of the French King’s state visit to Britain.

The London to Gosport railway line ended at the station in Spring Gardens, which has now been converted into flats.

On the day the weather was so wet and windy that the royal party had to take shelter in Gosport instead of travelling down to the dockside to see the King back off to France.

The project will see performances and exhibitions inspired by the story.

As part of it, Year 4 pupils from Leesland Junior School have been creating a newspaper and writing reports of the event.

Teacher and English manager Juliette Hamilton, said: ‘They have all been really inspired by the story about the Queen coming to Gosport.

‘We looked at where the railway station was and we saw where the Queen would have arrived.

‘It’s been a really good project for the children in Gosport to value their heritage and the history around them.’

Alverstoke Junior School, Gomer Juniors, Gomer Infants, Haselworth Primary School and Newtown Primary are also involved.

They will showcase their work at the Discovery Centre next week.