A SUCCESSFUL open day was held at a historic fort.

The Redoubt Fort, in Dovercourt, opened its gates on Monday more than 800 visitors.

Dan Beck, Harwich Society’s leader, said: “The event went exceptionally well.

“The weather was also very good and maybe that’s the reason so many people came out.”

“It was definitely a successful day.”

The main Redoubt raffle draw was the most successful attraction.

Mr Beck said: “We sent out the tickets and we had a huge response back for that.

“The prizes were donated by the local community: vouchers from various eating establishments, crossings to Holland, hampers and cosmetics.”

There were several games, such as splat the rat, where people could win a red hat, the wheel of fortune, where people won small toys and sweets, and the good old-fashioned roll the penny.

Numerous stalls including a souvenir stall- selling modern hand grenades and fridge magnets, a plant stall and two antique stalls were also on site.

However, the bottle stall was first to sell out on the day.

Dan said the tombola was also well received, as many people entered the raffle and won selected prizes.

Some of Harwich Society’s members provided refreshments, tea and coffee.

There were a host of stalls and games for visitors to enjoy during the day.

All the money raised from the day goes towards the maintenance of the fort.