GALLERY: Blast from the past greets visitors to Warrnambool maritime village

Ken Ryan (left) and Steve Ivey clean the cannon at Flagstaff Hill which was fired three times yesterday for a Day on the Hill.
Ken Ryan (left) and Steve Ivey clean the cannon at Flagstaff Hill which was fired three times yesterday for a Day on the Hill.

THREE thunderous bursts of cannon fire echoed over Warrnambool’s foreshore yesterday as about 1500 people enjoyed a Day on the Hill at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.

Sally 7, Brad, Hunter 3, Anne-Maree, Mackenzie 12, and Andrew Coundon from Woodend. Picture AARON SAWALL

Sally 7, Brad, Hunter 3, Anne-Maree, Mackenzie 12, and Andrew Coundon from Woodend. Picture AARON SAWALL

The Skyrockets from left: Tim Conlan, Damien Webster, and Brenton Smith. Picture: AARON SAWALL

The Skyrockets from left: Tim Conlan, Damien Webster, and Brenton Smith. Picture: AARON SAWALL

Bailey Sarris, 5, from Melbourne get up close and personal with a Donkey at Flagstaff Hill. Picture: AARON SAWALL

Bailey Sarris, 5, from Melbourne get up close and personal with a Donkey at Flagstaff Hill. Picture: AARON SAWALL

Judith Fisk (left), with  Emily, 9, Isabelle, 7, Hayley Fisk, 10,  from Koroit, and Amy Smedley, 12, from Altona try their hand at tug-o-war. Picture: AARON SAWALL

Judith Fisk (left), with Emily, 9, Isabelle, 7, Hayley Fisk, 10, from Koroit, and Amy Smedley, 12, from Altona try their hand at tug-o-war. Picture: AARON SAWALL

A Day on the Hill Easter celebrations at Flagstaff Hill. Pictures: AARON SAWALL

A Day on the Hill Easter celebrations at Flagstaff Hill. Pictures: AARON SAWALL

Sibella Lenehan, 3, from Ocean Grove (left), and Addison Conheady 4 from Bushfield wnjoy the fesitvities at Flagstaff Hill. Picture: AARON SAWALL

Sibella Lenehan, 3, from Ocean Grove (left), and Addison Conheady 4 from Bushfield wnjoy the fesitvities at Flagstaff Hill. Picture: AARON SAWALL

It was like peeling back a chapter of history as “soldiers” in period costume paraded and set off  historic artillery in the old Flagstaff Hill fort.

Apart from the firepower, there was plenty of  music, dancing and family fun.

Manager Peter Abbott said Maremma dogs resting from their duties of guarding the Middle Island penguin colony were   favourites and children enjoyed finding clues to  the forthcoming Oddball movie based on the first dogs used for the project.

“There is a lot of interest in it and people are keen to meet the dogs,” he said.