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Prince William visits Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Prince William has been in the south today, paying a second visit to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. He was there for the official opening six years ago.

Today the prince attended a service of re-dedication for the newly-restored HMS Alliance. It's had a £7 million refurbishment. Afterwards - he was taken on a tour of the sub, as Andrew Pate reports.

Giant 400m scarf to keep submarine 'warm in winter' brings community together in knitting project

Giant scarf for HMS Alliance unveiled Credit: Royal Navy Submarine Museum

More than two hundred volunteers have knitted over a thousand squares to make a 400-metre long scarf for a submarine at a museum in Hampshire.

The community project involved knitters from the Women’s Institute, local churches, sheltered housing schemes and social knitting groups.

Scarf knitters
Scarf Knitters from Gosport WI & Priddy’s Purlers from l to r: Trixie Hayward, Margaret Draper, Valerie Ford, Enid Fletcher Credit: Royal Navy Submarine Museum

The giant scarf wrapped around HMS Alliance will be displayed for a few days, if the weather is good. In the New Year it will displayed in the Learning Centre at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

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More than 200 knitters make scarf to keep submarine 'warm through winter'

The members of more than forty community groups have knitted a 400-metre long scarf for a submarine in Hampshire.

More than two hundred people took part in the project - they knitted 1,337 squares to make the finished piece for the vessel which is based at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

It is all part of a fun scheme to 'keep the submarine warm' during the winter - an initiative to bring the museum and the local community together.

“We are very grateful and totally amazed with results from our local knitters. Knitting has a long tradition in the Royal Navy, from the much loved woolly submarine jumpers to mending clothing while at sea. This community project has been a perfect way to develop interest in HMS Alliance”**

– Gareth Brettell, Education Manager at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Courgette turned into a submarine

Veteran submariner Andy Norris shows off the giant courgette submarine Credit: Royal Navy Submarine Museum
HMS Courgette in front of the HMS Alliance Credit: Royal Navy Submarine Museum

When keen gardener Eric Rayment found a giant courgette in his vegetable patch, he decided to turn it into a submarine.

Inspired by his work onboard HMS Alliance, the only surviving World War 2 ocean going British submarine, he turned the vegetable into a submarine and called it HMS Courgette.

The submarine will be on display in the Learning Centre at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

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