Club outing to Portsmouth
posted by Ian Lewis in Trips
This was it! What we'd all been waiting for - the annual works outing!! No crates of ale stashed in the boot of the coach, though, just our intrepid band of photographers heading down to the south coast - Portsmouth to be exact - to be let loose in the Naval dockyard and Gunwharf Quays!
As we drove into Portsmouth rain started to decorate the coach's windscreen but we didn't need to worry - the day got rapidly better with the sun really shining on the righteous!!
Having been dropped conveniently close to the dockyard we collected our tickets from our esteemed Chairman and headed off to begin picture-taking. At various places round the dockyard strange figures were to be seen, often in extremely uncomfortable positions trying to nab that "different" take on a subject from unusual angles [was that me?! - Danny, your Webmaster - see image at right] - a sure sign that Whitchurch Hill were out and about!! Our tickets took us aboard both HMS Warrior and HMS Victory, giving a fascinating insight into shipboard life in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as superb photo opportunities (being the navy there was plenty "all in a line"!). We were also able to take a boat ride round the harbour where we quickly became aware of the number of RN ships awaiting an uncertain fate.
Having escaped the attentions of the guards patrolling the dockyard we then descended (or in this case ascended) on the Spinnaker Tower. Whisked to the viewing platform by lift we were able to take "aerial" views of Portsmouth and The Solent, although those of us who'd fitted polarising filters soon became conscious that they were reacting to the toughened glass and producing unwanted patterns!
A brisk walk along the seafront taking in the fishing boats and ever present views of the Spinnaker Tower led us to Southsea for pictures of the hovercraft, funfair, shipping at Spithead and well-deserved tea and cakes before rejoining the coach for the journey back to Pangbourne.
All in all an excellent day and many thanks from all of us to Alan for organising it with his usual flair and efficiency!