VIP visit to mil­i­tary ‘Jewel in the Crown’

Midweek Visiter - - Past Times -

THE High Sher­iff of Mersey­side, Stephen Bur­rows DL. had ex­pressed an in­ter­est in vis­it­ing Alt­car Train­ing Camp so the Com­man­dant, Colonel Gor­don Black in­vited him and his wife Gill to come and see what is known in the mil­i­tary as the North West’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’.

On be­ing wel­comed, Colonel Gor­don gave them a brief about the his­toric 157-year-old camp and all the statis­tics, both about the mil­i­tary and sur­round­ing wildlife.

Then they had a tour of the camp, see­ing all the mil­i­tary part of it and also see­ing the his­toric barn that dates back to Henry V111 pe­riod when se­cret Masses were held there dur­ing the pe­riod when Ro­man Catholics were per­se­cuted.

They also saw the base of the light­house that was on the camp, but had to be de­mol­ished by the mil­i­tary in 1942 as the Ger­man bombers used it as a turn­ing point to go down the Mersey to bomb Liver­pool dur­ing World War II.

Dur­ing the tour, they went on the Ranges, hailed as the best next to Bis­ley, and saw lo­cal Marines Re­servists from HMS Ea­glet on a train­ing and prac­tice shoot and had the op­por­tu­nity to speak to them and watch their shoot­ing skills.

They also vis­ited the PODS project to be used for in­jured vet­er­ans and it was ex­plained that funds are still re­quired to com­plete it and how the lo­cal peo­ple and com­pa­nies had been bril­liantly sup­port­ive of the project.

Their visit was com­pleted by a visit to the cook­house and a good old mil­i­tary meal.

The High Sher­iff stated that he would love to make an­other fu­ture visit that would also in­clude see­ing the Army Cadets on a train­ing week­end.

Ma­jor Roy Be­van

The High Sher­iff of Mersey­side on the Ranges with some Royal Marines Re­servists

Hav­ing a look in­side one of the four PODS at the fu­ture Alt­car Camp Vet­er­ans Vil­lage

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