Raising a glass to HMS Alliance

on Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Posted in Blog

blog 15.04 pic 2The reopening ceremony of HMS Alliance was a resounding success!

 

As the crowd gathered at the Alliance Centre on 3 April 2014, they were accompanied by the sounds of the Old Thumper Jazz Band as well as an unusually sunny spell which prompted CDRE Chris Munns, director of the RN Submarine Museum, to comment: “someone must think highly of us”.

 

Our guests were first treated to a performance put on by the talented children of Siskin Junior School, followed by a brief spraying of red confetti over the gleaming hull of HMS Alliance. The whole thing looked quite surreal, as journalists ran past capturing the wind-blown confetti whirling up and down. This was followed by a generous buffet and drinks laid out in the Alliance Centre with many a glass raised to our submarine.

 

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The star of the attraction, HMS Alliance, stole the show obviously. Although she had previously been previewed on a few occasions to select audiences, the sense of discovery and excitement were still strong, especially considering that some of our guests were seeing her fully restored for the first time. The Major of Gosport and his wife were some of the first guests to arrive on board, visibly impressed by the sheer amount of work put into the restoration.

 

We would like to thank all the people involved in the project, including our volunteers without which none of this would have been possible.

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