“I was just wondering if you, or anybody else, remembers a gun being fired at noon / 1 o’clock in Greenwich town centre. I worked in College Approach in the mid 90′s and it used to surprise me every time. It could have been fired from around the Cutty Sark or the Gypsy Moth, when it was there. “
The Phantom replies:
I don’t recall hearing gunshots around Greenwich town centre at lunchtime for – well, ever, actually, But then I am rarely in Greenwich Town Centre at lunchtimes, especially during weekdays, chiz. Not to mention you are the second person who’s contacted me thinking they used to hear explosions around midday/noon – though the earlier person, who I don’t seem to be able to find in my backlog of email, thought it was cannon fire, which would have been considerably louder, I’d have thought. I confess I assumed my earlier correspondent had got us confused with Edinburgh and that it was something to do with the time ball, but is does occur to me that up until 1998 ‘The Old Royal Naval College’ was just ’The Naval College’ – perhaps it was military?
I have a friend who attended the naval college when it was such but he’s away just now, and I can’t ask him until he gets back. Does anyone else remember a regular gunfire shot at either 12.00 noon or 1.00pm in the 90s? And does anyone know what its purpose would have been?