Yesterday was polling day so the Beach School was empty and the playground was full. Business was brisk at the polling station. The supervising officer thought the turn out was higher than normal and I sensed excitement in the air. As I joined the steady stream of voters, I wondered whether this was history in the making. It wasn't, but it was nice whilst it lasted. Talking of which, have you seen the state of the Old Fort recently?
Friends of Shoreham Fort have been hard at work after the winter break, and are striding towards their aim to restore the Fort to the state it was in in the 1970s. The eastern gun emplacement (below left), has been restored but work cannot start on the western one, (below right), without more help or donations.
Not content with collecting rubbish, mowing, weeding, and lugging shingle up steep steps, they've also organised the Fort's very first Military History Day this Sunday, 9th May. It starts at 11am and ends at 4pm
The Fort Cumberland Guard are appearing in full Victorian military regalia to fire a cannon; arms used during the Forts' life will be on display; they'll be a round loading competition; Poole Earley Military Drum Group will be performing different Victorian drum beats and there will be a raffle and soft drinks.
This is the first time we've had an event like this and it helps to put us on the map. Please come along and support it.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Have a good weekend and see you next week.