Gosport apprentices make brass spitfire model for Prince Andrew

Apprentices, from left, Jonathan Derwin, Rosie Wheelhouse-Thomas and Jack Newman
Apprentices, from left, Jonathan Derwin, Rosie Wheelhouse-Thomas and Jack Newman

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THREE apprentices made a brass model for Prince Andrew.

Jonathan Derwin, Rosie Wheelhouse-Thomas and Jack Newman, from Gosport Defence Munitions, spent two months making the model spitfire which was presented to the Prince at an awards night.

The apprentices were invited to the Ministry of Defence Apprentice Award evening, at the end of last year.

Jonathan Derwin, 24, from Waterlooville, said: ‘In August, I took part in the Tom Nevard Apprenticeship competition and I had to make a Nerf gun with limited materials.

‘I came second and off the back of it and was invited by the MoD to make the Spitfire.

‘It was the first time I had ever met someone from the Royal family but he said he found the model interesting and asked about the apprenticeship.’

It was Rosie’s first time meeting a Royal family member and the 22-year-old said she was anxious.

The Gosport resident, who is studying a mechanical engineering apprenticeship, added: ‘I was excited to meet him but nervous.

‘It was good to give him the model after working on it for two months.

‘He said he really liked it which was nice to hear.’

Lynn Wilkinson-Berry, from apprentice training at Defence Munitions Gosport, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for the three apprentices,’ she said.

‘They have worked very hard to produce the model in a short timescale and received positive feedback on their engineering skills from Prince Andrew.’

‘They should commended from their efforts.’