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There are many things to be proud of about living in this part of the world.

There’s South Downs National Park on the doorstep.

There’s fantastic coastline all around.

There’s a wide range of cultural attractions with something for every taste.

But perhaps the one that brings the most people as visitors is the marine heritage – and specifically the Mary Rose.

Since she was raised from the depths of the Solent in 1982 in those iconic pictures broadcast around the world on television, she’s been bringing people to Portsmouth.

She was on show at the historic dockyard for many years wowing visitors.

But then, after a £27m investment the new Mary Rose Museum opened up show the ship and her artefacts like never before.

And today, as it celebrates its first anniversary, we see not only has it brought 470,000 through its doors, but also huge amounts of money into the local economy both in the city and around with people coming to stay.

It really is a jewel in the crown and something of which we should be immensely proud.

For those of us that live and work here it can sometimes be easy to forget the fantastic things we have.

But, if you haven’t already, we’d implore you to go and have a look and the heritage and history on display at the museum.

It truly is a wonder to behold and no surprise at all the it has been ranked among the top 10 in the world for places to see.

As chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust Rear Admiral John Lippiett says: ‘We’re meeting people who’ve travelled here from all over the world – that’s hugely satisfying.’

And of course it is. So let’s celebrate with the museum today and wish it many more happy returns.