Playing at soldiers

HISTORY Brothers Matthew, 10, left, and Sam Payne, 11, at the Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson. Picture: Steve Reid (122649-424)
HISTORY Brothers Matthew, 10, left, and Sam Payne, 11, at the Royal Armouries Museum Fort Nelson. Picture: Steve Reid (122649-424)
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YOUNGSTERS stepped into the boots of First World War soldiers at the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson.

As well as dressing up in authentic uniforms, brothers Matthew and Sam Payne got their hands on artillery from as early as the 19th century to the present day.

The pair, from Lee-on-the-Solent, were taken to the museum as a treat by their uncle Mark Payne, a police officer from London.

The 49-year-old said: ‘The boys love it there – it’s a brilliant place.

‘The staff always take the time to explain things to the children and, as much as they can, they let them handle the equipment. I was in the Royal Artillery myself so I love it.’