Anyone that went down to see the theatre and fireworks display at Castle Field on Sunday night witnessed something I don’t think anyone expected. After a dramatic story telling of the ships fate, a parade of flags, full costume dance routine on the steps and a Parkour rigging reenactment they burned the whole thing down. Quite something to watch. They walked a huge burning anchor past the ship and then a burning cannon let off blasts in the direction of the ship which reacted with a full scale fireworks display and then promptly burned to the ground.
So convinced was I that they would not burn the ship due to it’s size and insane health and safety risks that I bet Ben Mills £5 it wouldn’t happen. More the fool me, but it was actually well worth the fiver to watch a ship burn on Castle Field. Well done to Portsmouth Council for letting this free event happen. It was a great family event and everyone really enjoyed it.
The additional photograph below is by Andrew Yardley who I met last night and kindly asked if he could send some of his photos to us. Thanks Andy, great photo.