1981 - John Nott Visit to Portsmouth
9th September. The Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. John Nott made a visit to the Dockyard and tried to address a crowd of up to 2.000 employees outside Central Office Block 1. As he emerged from the entrance he was booed, jeered and met with a barrage of missiles. After a period of time and waiting for the crowd to disperse (which it didn’t) he was smuggled out of the rear of the building. It came in the same week that 178 apprentices who had just finished their time were discharged from the Yard.