We were delighted on Thursday, to find out Ernie our knitted sailor had won his category for best new product at the Association For Cultural Enterprise Best Product Awards.
Not only that we were thrilled when he also won Best Overall New Product fighting off some tough competition!
Ernie is very special to us and were are so proud others thought so too!
The original knitted sailor can be found in our HMS gallery in Portsmouth. He was created by Gus Britton who made the sailor, representing himself including signals on one of the arms.
Gus followed in his fathers footsteps, who served aboard HMS Caroline, one of our newest attractions which you can now visit in Belfast.
Gus himself then served on HMS Alliance, our submarine in Gosport. Gus was a huge supporter of the Submarine Museum and we are thrilled to have brought this wonderful sailor to our shops in honour of this amazing man.