Museum steps back in time

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AIR raid sirens sounded over Priddy’s Hard when history came to life at a war-themed event.

The Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport recreated wartime atmosphere at the former Royal Navy arms depot on Saturday.

RE-ENACTMENT 101 Airborne demonstration at the event at Explosion! museum in Gosport.       (111197-1613)

RE-ENACTMENT 101 Airborne demonstration at the event at Explosion! museum in Gosport. (111197-1613)

Almost 100 volunteers and re-enactors took part in displays for the benefit of 1,080 visitors.

Naval gunners gave demonstrations of firepower and paratroops showed off their street-fighting techniques.

In the evening, visitors dressed up in the high fashion of the era for a 1940s dance in the Grand Magazine building.

Visitor services officer Marc Farrance said: ‘It went very well.

‘We had a lot of visitors and they all had a good time.

‘We were supported by re-enactors and volunteers who helped to bring our site to life.

‘The museum has been through a difficult period but now we have gone full circle.

‘The museum was officially accredited last week and it has been a dream come true.

‘It opens so many doors to us.’

The event was such a success it could become an annual fixture.

Plans are already being made for next year’s Spirit of the 40s weekend.