Cannon will be at military weekend

A 19th century cannon from the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth will be transported to Shoreham Fort on Sunday morning
A 19th century cannon from the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth will be transported to Shoreham Fort on Sunday morning
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A 19th century cannon will be leaving Portsmouth for a journey along the coast.

The cannon will be transported from the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney to Shoreham Fort on Sunday to take centre stage at the sixth annual Military History Weekend.

The three-pounder will leave at 9am and travel east along the A27, before heading down to the A259 coast road at the Manor roundabout in Lancing and then on to Shoreham Beach at The Saltings roundabout.

Once it has arrived, members of the Fort Cumberland Guard will carry out firings at midday, 1.15pm, and 2.30pm.

One of the UK’s longest-running re-enactment groups, the Guard was originally raised in 1963 as a tourist attraction for the City of Portsmouth.

Members dressed in 1860 working order will conduct the firings, followed by afternoon demonstrations of their 1853 pattern percussion cap muskets. 

Friends of Shoreham Fort chairman Gary Baines said: ‘We will be delighted to welcome the Guard as they make their sixth visit to the Palmerston Fort on Shoreham Beach. Our Military History Weekend promises to be a great event for all the family.’