ROTARIANS learned the history of Shoreham Fort during a social evening on Thursday.
Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club president Robert Dunn organised the tour as part of his bid to widen the activities of the club.
Members of Steyning and Henfield Rotary Club were invited to join them for the evening, which included an hour-long talk and tour, followed by a barbecue supper at the fort, on Shoreham Beach.
Gary Baines, Friends of Shoreham Fort chairman, explained the site was Lord Palmerston’s flagship fort, built in 1857 due to the threat of Napoleon invading.
The then prime minister, Lord Palmerston commissioned the design of new coastal defences, with Littlehampton Fort built first in 1854 and the faults ‘ironed out’ when Shoreham was built three years later.
The Rotarians were shown the gun emplacements, the artillery stores, inside the caponier and tunnel and the site of the barrack buildings, which the Friends have been working to clear.
Mr Dunn said it had been a successful evening, attended by around 50 people, and a raffle raised £78 for Rotary funds.
Visit the website for the Rotary Club of Shoreham and Southwick for more details about the club.