SWA Display at Action Stations WW2 Event, Portsmouth Dockyard 7/8 March 2015


      Once again Area 4 of the SWA were invited to put on a display of World War Two Warships for the annual weekend commemoration of the bombing of Portsmouth Dockyard during the conflict.

      This year the event was expanded to include displays by The Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team, a concert by the Fine Voice Singing Academy, Consumed characters, A Family challenge Activity, Southsea Vintage Market stalls, 30s and 40s Beauty and Fashion Show, a “hands on” Display of WW Militaria by the RN Museum and a Cooking Rations Display .In addition there were also showings of the film “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe “ in the Action Stations Cinema throughout both days.

      The event was very well attended with over 1300 visitors on each day.

      The SWA Display consisted of over 30 models representing most types of warship from Armed Trawlers to Battleships, (We had two models of HMS Hood showing her in her 1920 configuration and her 1941 configuration). Kriegsmarine and US warships were also represented in the display.

Members attending were, John Hawley, Dave and Andrea Reith, Joe Jackson, Geoff Young, Ken Winter and his Grandson Jamie, Alan Gamblin, John Edwards and myself David McNair-Taylor.

      The event was well publicised and BBC Radio Solent broadcast from the event on the Saturday morning, Dave Reith gave an interview with the presenter which gave the SWA some excellent publicity, Stuart Waterman the Manager of Action stations also gave an interview about the event to another local radio station on the Friday evening. In addition the event was also well advertised on the Internet and in the local press, The Portsmouth News sent a reporter /Photographer along to report on the show.

      We are looking forward to our second visit to Action Stations for The Model Warship Week-End on 11th/12th July when we will have a display depicting warships from WW1 to the present day.

      We were sorry to hear that Stuart Waterman the Manager of Action Stations is leaving ,he will be sadly missed and we wish him all the very best and hope that perhaps we will be able to work with him on another venture in the future .(Stuart can be seen in the Team photograph dressed as an Air Raid Warden for the event )


David McNair-Taylor