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FAMILIES can experience the power of a 19th-century gun to mark the Battle of Trafalgar.

A fully restored 12-pounder naval gun dating to 1805 will be fired by a uniformed gun crew from HMS Loire at the Royal Armouries, at Fort Nelson, on Portsdown Hill Road, in Fareham.

Royal Armouries’ keeper of artillery Nicholas Hall, said: ‘The gun firings promise to be quite a spectacle.

‘Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory carried 104 guns, 30 of which were 12 pounders like this one.’

The gun will be fired this Sunday at 11.30am, 1pm, and 3pm to mark Trafalgar Day on October 21.