Isabel and Jane decided to take me to visit Portsmouth, a city Rosemary had visited a few years ago. The Spinnaker Tower was a must see landmark to see great views of the City- we did go on the glass floor, not my cup of tea though!
In the evening we went to see Joel Dommett at the New Theatre Royal (which actually very old and is in the process of being renovated). Joel was very funny, creating lots of laughs at the audience’s expense! He used to play in a band so you get a bit of music and comedy thrown in too.
You might recognise him from ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, when he was runner up and he seems a genuinely nice guy.
On the Sunday we went to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, a fascinating place. If you get the all attraction ticket you can visit all year – there’s so much to see, you need to go back. We decided to concentrate on the biggest attractions, HMS Warrier, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads and built by Henry VIII. It was so heavy it took 100 of the 600 crew to man the wheels (it has two sets of 4 gleaming wheels – see photo, often with 16 men at the helm!) and when they wanted to lift anchor it took hundreds of men 4 to 5 hours – that’s what you call hard work!
After a cruise round the harbour to see the warships, etc (with very corny jokes from the captain!) we went to see the Mary Rose Museum, which gives a real feel of what it must have been like to sail on.
Finally we looked round HMS Victory a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Mind your heads though – some of the decks are so low you need to stoop to get round. How they managed I don’t know – they must have had permanent back ache and been deaf from the cannons!