VIP visit to military ‘Jewel in the Crown’
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.
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