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Celeb chef cooks aboard HMS Victory

Heston Blumenthal has been cooking aboard HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Credit: Royal Navy

Celeb Chef Heston Blumenthal has been cooking aboard HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

It's part of the show Great British Food which is shown on Channel 4.

In the new series, Heston reveals the secret history of some iconic British dishes and then transforms them, as only Heston can.

The michelin chef was at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as part of his Channel 4 show Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Victory receives £5m boost

HMS Victory has received additional funding from the government Credit: PA Wire

HMS Victory's future has been secured by a £5m donation from the government today.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced that the government will award the money, in addition to the £25m donation last year to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

The government's donation is part of the Catalyst Endowment Initiative - a joint programme between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Initiative has so far raised over £24m from private donations with the government providing match-funding of £11m.

The culture secretary said: "This is a fantastic result for HMS Victory. Demand for Catalyst endowment grants has exceeded all forecasts, and the match funding provided by my Department, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England has encouraged donors to come forward."


Fire exercise planned for Victory

HMS Victory Credit: PA

Firefighters from Southsea, Cosham and Waterlooville will test procedures and emergency planning onboard Britain’s oldest war ship, HMS Victory, tomorrow.

The Hampshire crews will mobilise on the museum ship, which attracts around 350,000 visitors per year, as if a real fire was taking place.

The drill will study the best firefighting tactics to protect the historic vessel, as well as search and rescue and test protocols.

Dave Smith, group manager, said: "The Victory is a Portsmouth icon so we need to ensure the ship is protected and that local crew are familiar with its layout, and given the opportunity to asses procedures and test emergency planning in the event of an incident on-board the ship."


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