NAVY FESTIVAL   5-7 April 2013

This festival is free and the gates are open from 10 am to 6pm and there is a fun-filled programme of activities, displays and vessels to visit. Residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to explore our Naval harbour and learn more about what the Navy does. There will be a parade through Simon’s Town on Saturday morning, 6 April from 09h00 – 10h30 when the Main Road will be closed to traffic. (The Main Road will also be closed to traffic on Wednesday evening, 3 April 18h00 – 19h00 for the practice.) Note that there will be gun firing at Noon during the Navy Festival.

Enquiries: Sub Lieutenant Benjamin 021 787 4620.


JUST NUISANCE Birthday Celebrations

smst_jn_005 In 1939 the British Royal Navy did the unthinkable… Strange but true, they enlisted a dog. Enlisted him with rank, pay, rations and duties!  And it was not just any old dog either. It was a gigantic Great Dane who won the hearts and minds of sailors on two continents and went on to become a legend. To this day, the legend lives on and locals and visitors still pay tribute to Able Seaman Just Nuisance. The life size statue of this truly extraordinary character, who was more human than hound, has pride of place in Jubilee Square, from where he wistfully looks out toward the sailors he served so long and so well. Just Nuisance’s birthday is celebrated annually on 1 April with a parade of dogs through Simon’s Town to Jubilee Square. For those who would like a walk, dogs
and owners are encouraged to join a trip up to Just Nuisance’s grave on the hill behind Simon’s Town. This event is a lot of fun and this year it promises to be even bigger than last year with a Lucky Draw and Prizes for the best dressed dog and owner, the most and least like Just Nuisance.  Dogs are to be kept on leads and poop bags to be carried by owners. The entry fee is a can of dog food and/or a cash donation to be donated to local dog charities. Dogs from all walks of life are invited to take part in this great-dane-ly day! The walk up the steps to the Just Nuisance grave site starts at 8.00am and the parade starts at 10.30am.

For further information email Nicola Werkman or pop into Larijworks.