Mark 60 years since Queen’s coronation

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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CELEBRATIONS will be taking place at Fort Nelson this half-term to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The Royal Armouries will sound the Victorian fort ring to the power and might of a spectacular 21-gun salute at 1pm on Sunday, June 2, in honour of Her Majesty.

Britain’s oldest public museum near Fareham is staging a series of fun-packed family days throughout half-term week from Monday, May 27 to Sunday, June 2 – including a street party in Café 1871.

Children are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue to receive a free treat.

Museum admission is free but a small charge applies to some activities.

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said: ‘We marked The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year with a 21-gun salute, and it was extremely popular with our visitors – so we are delighted to be able to do the same for the 60th anniversary of the Coronation.

‘Portsmouth and the surrounding area has a proud tradition for serving Queen and Country, and it’s only fitting that we are marking the occasion in time-honoured style.’

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