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FORT NELSON, PORTSDOWN HILL, PORTSMOUTH
Sunday 27 September 2009

WWII twenty-five pounder being fired

Suddenly there was a bright flash and a deafening blast together with billowing smoke issuing from the east end of the parade ground. No, it was not the barrel of Colin's 'black over yellow' 20hp or the Steel of David's new Silver Seraph, but a WWII twenty-five pounder being fired and we all knew at that moment that it was noon.

Beautifully polished, shining Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars

There had been a steady procession of beautifully polished, shining Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars arriving since 10.00 in the morning at the specially assigned side entrance where the security guards dressed in black carried out their formalities, but now the sun was reaching its meridian and the number of cars had increased to twenty-five.

The sun shone throughout the day and everyone enjoyed the warmth of its welcoming rays whilst eating their picnics or touring the main arena and parade ground and ramparts.


Artillery Hall 1   Artillery Hall 2

For others the Artillery Hall with the sight of just three sections of the 156 metre Sadam Hussain Supergun was an interesting experience while others took guided tours to learn about this fascinating fortification and find out about the tunnels and the hidden mystery of Fort Nelson.

By 4.00pm the sun was beginning to sink in the west and our cars quietly slipped away and drove back along Portsdown Hill to admire the views of the Solent and Isle of Wight.

John Tudor - Section Committee Member

Photos: Ian Burt