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SIX lucky 10-year-olds got an exclusive look at their hero arriving home.

The group from Alverstoke Junior School had been on a visit to Fort Blockhouse to watch Gosport skipper Alex Thomson sail home in style on Saturday after he finished third in the Vendee Globe race.

Isaac Mearns, Lauren Welsh, Caitlin Vooijs, Hannah Potter, Lowri Goldby and Isabel Feculak were invited up the signal tower of the Gosport station of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) to watch the procession of boats led by the skipper.

Watchkeeper Adrian Weeks and Alan Port, secretary of Gosport NCI, shared their view for the day – and even considered letting the pupils take charge of the tower.

As previously reported in The News, Alex’s podium place was coupled with him breaking the British record for a solo round-the-world sailing race.

And members of Gosport Sea Cadets, TS Hornet, also attended the day.

The 12 cadets welcomed the sailor home wearing their best dress uniform.