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Navy veterans trip to Portsmouth a huge success

Navy veterans trip to Portsmouth a huge success

Volunteer taxi drivers escorted a number of Navy veterans to Portsmouth on Wednesday 10 April.

We are delighted to report that this three day trip - funded and organised by the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity in partnership with the Taxi Charity - was a huge success.

The WWII veterans, including Legion of Honour recipient Marie Scott, were given a warm welcome by the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, followed by lunch in the Ward Room on HMS Excellent.

After lunch and a tour, the veterans checked in to the Royal Maritime Club & Hotel (RMC). They had a carvery dinner there in the evening.

On Thursday 11 April, the volunteer drivers escorted the veterans to Southwick House - the former D-Day headquarters - for a tour of the map room and basement.

Former switchboard operator, Marie Scott, had a busy schedule - she was interviewed by ITV Meridian, Wave 105 Radio and Forces News whilst at Southwick House.

In the afternoon, the veterans visited the Spinnaker Tower for cream teas with a view, and on Thursday evening, they enjoyed a gala dinner in the Nelson Lounge of the RMC.

On Friday 12 April, after breakfast, the veterans visited the HM Naval Base, where they met and chatted with apprentices from BAE Systems Maritime, before being part of HMS Dragon's emotional homecoming.

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