HMS Collingwood in Fareham opened its gates on Saturday for its annual Open Day. There were numerous events and stalls to entertain the public. However the highlight of the day was the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) Field Gun Competition. Teams from across the UK, from abroad and from HM Ships competed for the coveted Brickwood's Field Gun Trophy.
The competition is fast and furious and requires 18-man teams to run, dismantle, reassembled and fire the gun in the shortest possible time. Strength, stamina and team work are essential in this challenge.
This year’s competition winner was the team from REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). No doubt the Royal Navy will be very keen to snatch the title back from the Army next year.
The Aggie’s team based in HMS Collingwood was exceptionally busy throughout the day, looking after our Sailors and chatting with the public. The Gruffalo was a very popular visitor to the Aggie’s stand and, whilst younger visitors were able to have their photo taken with the Gruffalo, their parents were able to talk with our Pastoral Workers about some of the projects run by the charity, including Story Book Waves.