The navy has apologised after scores of disappointed visitors were turned away from visiting state of the art warship HMS Dauntless while she was moored in her adopted home of Great Yarmouth.

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The public were invited up the gang plank of the £1.2bn Type 45 destroyer on Sunday as part of her weekend stay in the resort.

But the on board tours proved so popular that organisers had to make the “difficult” decision to close the gates early, meaning scores of families and visitors had to be turned away.

A Navy spokeswoman said people started queuing before 9am and within an hour of the gates opening organisers had been overwhelmed with visitors.

She added: “By the weight of the sheer numbers that were coming through it was very clear they were not going to be able to handle everybody.

“Next came the difficult decision, to manage expectations, was effectively to turn people away.

“The ship is very sorry for all of those that were disappointed. On the other hand (it is) enormously flattered and thanking people for taking time to turn out and come out.”

The spokeswoman said 1,000 people had gone on board yesterday, and the system for tours would be looked at for Dauntless’s next visit.

19 comments

  • Well said T&B. Its amazing how everybody who says something positive suddently has a 'roll in the port'! I was at the Dauntless on Sunday and it was the Navy's decision to close the gate.

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    YawnAgain

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Now that is a tricky one. I'd stay traditional and go for sugar and lemon. Or how about golden syrup?

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • I've never had a roll in the port. I had a skip outside my house once, does that count?

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • The tourist board should have purchased the recently decommissioned HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier as a permanent exibit . It would have made a great tourist attraction judging by the interest in HMS Dauntless's visit to the town.

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    vegas

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Maybe Saturday and Sunday visiting next time to give people the chance to get onboard.

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    Christopher Neave

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • It is a sad day for the Borough when our Royal Navy has to apologise for the Ports inefficient organisation, it was the same at her last visit The Port should apologise unequivocally

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    John L Cooper

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Mr Cooper, the difference between us is that if I don't know something, I ask the people who do know. Whereas if you don't know something, you clearly just make it up. Hence your blaming of the port for the oversubscribed open day. Did you bother to find out if the port was actually at fault before making a public statement which blamed them? Or did you simply decide for yourself without any knowledge, and then announce it on here as if it were fact?

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I have asked myself time and time again. Everytime i come back to the same conclusion. It purely and simply has to be lemon and sugar. Why deviate? If it aint broken.........

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Just reading your comments is making me imagine a plate full of pancakes with syrup, lemon and sugar. I was one of the lucky ones to go on the Dauntless and I loved it. Well done to the Navy for the opportunity and well done to the Port for facilitating the Dauntless.

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    ReapnSow

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Thanks T&B with such in-depth knowledge pray tell me what is your roll in the Port?

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    John L Cooper

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Slip those free loaders the QUEENS SHILLING and let them really serve their country for once.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • ''V'' that would be the said councillors and mp's of the town. happy to anything free but willing to sell anything belonging to the people.

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    marshall

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I attended the event on Sunday and my family and I waited three and a half hours to board the ship. I would guess when navy ships visit other ports they have similar problems in knowing how many people will turn up. I would suggest the MOD and Navy could set up a website where timed tickets could be applied for any ship which is visiting any port in the country.

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    coolalan

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • When I served my time in the Royal navy that was when it was a Navy all ships visiting a port would always open the gangway on the Saturday Afternoon & a Sunday all day Friday night was always the first night in and a Cocktail Party for all the free loaders \I should know because when I worked in the Middle east not all that long ago the Defence Attache used to call me up and ask if I would like to attend the Cocktail Party as well look after some of the ships company at a B.B.Q which I used to hold at our compound swimming pool.

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    Dave

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Ah, who cares. I have bigger fish to fry. Do i have sugar and lemon or something more continental? So many choices so little time.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Mr Cooper are you sure it's the ports fault? I was told that the event was organised between the Navy and the Borough Council. The port provided the facility and car park only.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Maybe Saturday and Sunday visiting next time to give people the chance to get onboard.

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    Christopher Neave

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • If they were invited to the dinner as guests of the ship, that doesn't make them freeloaders. Also, what have they sold which belongs to the people? No-one can sell something that belongs to someone else.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Once again EDP. The names of the freeloaders on board for the evening dinner please

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    "V"

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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