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UP TO 25,000 people paid a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for its Victorian Festival of Christmas celebrations.

Dockyard spokeswoman Melissa Gerbaldi said: ‘Once all the advance group bookings are taken into account, it’s looking like we’ll have had 25,000 visitors again this year, over the three days.

(left), Ellen Ball and Lucy Webb of the Groundlings Theatre Company at the Victorian Christmas event at Portsmouths Historic Dockyard.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123905-6)

(left), Ellen Ball and Lucy Webb of the Groundlings Theatre Company at the Victorian Christmas event at Portsmouths Historic Dockyard.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123905-6)

‘That’s really good.’

Among those were visitors Tim and Susan Wright, of Five Heads Road, Horndean.

They attended the event on Saturday and spoke to The News while queuing to look around HMS Victory.

Mrs Wright said: ‘It’s always very good, and we try and come every year.

‘The snow falling makes everything a bit more magical than usual.

‘Looking at the ships and the other museums just adds to it.’

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