We are pleased to confirm that there will be a significant Royal Navy and Royal Marines presence at this year’s show.
HMS Hurworth, a mine countermeasures vessel, will be open to visitors on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May. In addition, HMS Puncher, a small patrol vessel used for cadet training, will also be berthed alongside. On shore, the Royal Marines will be displaying a variety of equipment, with a highlight being the ever-popular climbing wall.
Both ships and the Royal Marine display will be in the new Ballast Quay exhibition area which is easily accessed from Town Quay via the free passenger boat service.
And, for a real showstopper, the Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth will be performing their world-famous ‘Beating Retreat’ on Town Quay on Saturday 20th May at 1815. This fantastic pageant of military music, precision drill and colour dates back to the 16th century and is regarded as a unique piece of living history.
Jim Stewart, Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “The show has steadily grown since it was launched three years ago and the we are delighted to see both the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines at this year’s event. I know that the ships, display and Beating Retreat will be extremely popular with all our visitors and we look forward to welcoming them to the Poole Harbour Boat Show.”
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines displays are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday between 1000 and 1800. The Royal Marines ‘Beating the Retreat’ takes place on Town Quay at 1815 on Saturday.