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Welcome return for Nothe Fort's Victorian Fayre
VICTORIAN times were back with a bang at the Nothe Fort over the weekend. Hundreds visited the annual Victorian Fayre where there were artillery demonstrations, traditional games and stalls.
Events co-ordinator and pearly queen for the day Jane Chandler said: “We would anticipate somewhere around 800 to 1,000 visitors over the weekend. We take the fort back to the times it was used.
“We’ve got traditional games – a coconut shy, duck fishing and even a Dorset Knob throwing competition.
“The fayre has been going for the last four or five years – it’s a very special event.”
The Nothe Fort Artillery was on hand to show what it was like in the 1870s with displays and canon firing.
Staff sergeant Andy White said: “We show how the fort would have been used in the 19th century. We do a step-by-step run through of how the guns would be lit and fired. “But we try to make it not just about firing the guns but showing the history behind it.”
He appealed to anyone thinking of getting involved to bite the bullet and join in.
He said: “We welcome new members. It’s a cheap hobby – the only thing volunteers need to buy are their boots. We get to travel all over the place and we’re constantly trying to improve what we can offer as well.”
Elsewhere Phil Warren showed off his skills with a display of his handcrafted war ships and helicopters – all made from matchsticks and boxes. Mr Warren, aged 82, has been exhibiting his models at the fort for 20 years. He said: “Making the models is something I love to do. “On display here there are 217 models out of a collection of 463.
“I look at a new model and think: ‘How am I going to replicate that?’ – that’s the hobby.”
Mr Warren’s models will be on display at the fort until August 31.
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