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#988401 - 27th Oct 2015 5:27pm One o'clock gun is fired again
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One o'clock gun is fired again by Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton

A Mersey maritime tradition the one o’clock gun is being recreated by Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton this week.

A cannon will be fired from the former coastal defence battery at 1pm every day during the half term school holidays.

The one o’clock gun was a tradition which lasted for more than a century and was fired every day from the river wall at Morpeth Dock, Birkenhead , to help ships check the time.

The service continued until 1969, despite the introduction of radio time signals.

Fort Perch Rock curator Doug Darroch said: “We tend to fire the cannon on major occasions, like when the great ships come in or on Remembrance Sunday.

“This time we decided to do it during the school holidays. A lot of people expect the Fort to fire a cannon.

“It was quite a loud bang and I think some people were shocked by it - some came into the Fort to ask about it.”

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#988414 - 27th Oct 2015 5:46pm Re: One o'clock gun is fired again [Re: Mark]
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What a brilliant idea but no doubt there will plenty of moaners and groaners.
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#988428 - 27th Oct 2015 6:27pm Re: One o'clock gun is fired again [Re: Mark]
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Good idea, keeping the History going - a bit of fun for the kids off school too. The one o'clock gun in Edinburgh is quite a tourist attraction - does make people jump though!

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