Given that there was a maritime theme to the trip, and that when we go out together, hats are always the order of the day, there was really only one appropriate form of attire ...
Lord Nelson does not look impressed!
A gorgeous sculpture of 'that iconic photo celebrating VJ Day
We found ourselves a 'real' pirate - called Stuart!
HMS Warrior - the first 'ironclad' - a wooden sailing ship with a metal coated hull and a back up steam engine. Dated 1860
HMS Queen Elizabeth - currently in active service
HMS Victory - Lord Nelson's Flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar 1805
HMS Warrior looking out over the Spinnaker Tower
The Spinnaker - one of the most iconic landmarks on the south coast
Local pubs all decorated to celebrate D Day
And of course, I can't forget Percy the Parrot...