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Rally to save Portsmouth Shipyard

Portsmouth residents attend rally to save the city's shipyard

Scores of Portsmouth residents turned out to back a rally in support of saving the city's dockyard and the 940 BAE jobs there currently at risk.

The firm made an announcement earlier this week that it would begin closing the site next year. The proposal would see the end of centuries of shipbuilding in the city.

Thousands support 'Save Portsmouth Shipyard' site

The Save Portsmouth Shipyard Facebook group Credit: Facebook

A Facebook page calling for BAE Systems jobs in Portsmouth to be saved has got more than 60,000 'likes' within days of being set up. The plans to cut 940 jobs in the city will end five centuries of shipbuilding from next year.

Work on the new £800 million aircraft carriers will move to Scotland, but the ships will be based in Portsmouth, with workers maintaining them. You can see the Facebook page here.

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History of Portsmouth Dockyard

Today's announcement that hundreds of jobs will be lost at BAE in Portsmouth ends centuries of tradition in the city and the careers of hundreds of workers.

From the earliest records - ship building features as an important part of life in the city. Henry the Eighth granted Portsmouth the official status of Naval Dockyard. Kerry Swain has been looking back.

Bishop: Portsmouth job losses 'shocking news'

The Bishop of Portsmouth said the loss of 940 jobs at Portsmouth dockyard is shocking news.

BAE Systems announced earlier that shipbuilding would cease in the city from 2014.

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster, Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth, said: "This is serious and shocking news for Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

"Most of all for those whose jobs are directly now at risk and their families but for the whole community and local economy.

"The decision of BAE and the Government will not be understood by most of us and does no justice to the commitment of this city and area to our island and naval safety for generations."

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