Lake becomes a battleground as boat show arrives

112199-8810 MODEL BOATS (PM) MRW 19/6/2011''The 'Fathering Sunday' extravaganza by The Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team at Canoe Lake was an outstanding success held in conjunction with Portsmouth Festivities 2011''HMS Canopus and the SMS Schleswig-Holstein sit alongside at the Canoe Lake before the afternoon displays began ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112199-8810)
112199-8810 MODEL BOATS (PM) MRW 19/6/2011''The 'Fathering Sunday' extravaganza by The Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team at Canoe Lake was an outstanding success held in conjunction with Portsmouth Festivities 2011''HMS Canopus and the SMS Schleswig-Holstein sit alongside at the Canoe Lake before the afternoon displays began ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112199-8810)
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THESE ships knew how to go off with a bang as they entertained crowds at Canoe Lake.

Part of the Southsea lake was transformed into a mini-battleship arena as the Model Boat Display took place as part of the Portsmouth Festivities.

Visitors got the chance to see miniature ships do battle from different eras.

The Birnie family – mum Anna, 31, dad Scott, 32 and three-year-old Charlie – came from Havant to see the show.

Graphic designer Scott, of Cedar Gardens, said: ‘The boat show was fantastic.

‘Charlie enjoyed it too, he especially loved it when the ships were firing bombs and making the bang noise.

‘We often come to Canoe Lake as we like it here and when we saw the boat show, we thought we’d stay on.’

The show was organised by the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team with Portsmouth Grammar School.

Three battles took place, the first featuring a replica of HMS Victory fighting in the Battle of Trafalgar.

The second showed ships from the Second World War and the third vessels from the First World War.

Amanda Sholl, and Chris Sholl, 47, brought their children Kitty, eight and Billy, six, to see the show from Farnham.

Amanda, 38, said: ‘We came to see the show as a day out for Father’s Day.

‘We have seen these displays a few times and we always enjoy them. The kids always enjoy hearing the guns fire on the ships.’

Robert Robertson, vice chairman of the boat display team, said: ‘It’s a great, free event.

‘We had a lot of people come out and support it.’