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Tall ship The Wonder arrives at Gloucester Docks for Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp

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Tall ship The Wonder arrives at Gloucester Docks for Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp

Movie and maritime fans watched as the ship to feature in the new Johnny Depp film arrived at Gloucester Docks yesterday.

The Wonder passed up the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal before docking outside the Waterways Museum.

It has moved to Gloucester Docks where it will be used for filming scenes in the Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp. Four more tall ships are expected to follow it.

Filming begins in the Docks next Monday. Rumours originally claimed crews behind the next instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series had chosen to film in the city.

But it is the classic Lewis Carroll tale, which sees Depp resume his role as the Mad Hatter, which will be shot at the city’s historic location.

(The Wonder, The ship 'Wonder' is seen as it passes up the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal near Frampton On Severn)

Dozens of onlookers turned out yesterday lunchtime outside the Waterways Museum to catch a glimpse of the vessel.

Lindsay Reid, from Gloucester, who was among the crowd at the Docks, said: “This is really exciting for Gloucester and it will hopefully bring in lots of tourists to the area.

“It’s great that so many films are being shot in Gloucester and it shows what a great city it is.

“Everyone was really excited to see Harry Potter at the Cathedral so hopefully we will see the same at the Docks.”

Stephen Jackson, who works at Gloucester Docks and came out to see the ship during his break, said: “It’s really exciting that Johnny Depp may be coming to Gloucester – I didn’t know that was why the ship was coming here.

“It’s nice to see a ship like this here. It’s reminiscent of old times when we had lots of tall ships in the Docks.”

Nigel Sankey, from Dursley, said: “When we heard the ship was coming we made a special visit to take the children. It was perfect timing to see the ship dock right before us.

“This is really exciting for Gloucester as it will bring something different to the city. It will also bring more tourists to the area and boost trade. Many shops in the Docks are quiet a lot of the time.”

Jeff Sweeting, who was visiting Gloucester from Chepstow, said: “From my Navy days I would say the ship is a masted frigate.

“It’s really exciting for Gloucester and wonderful to see such a ship here.”

Pictured top: The Earl of Pembroke all ready for the Johnny Depp filming of Through the looking Glass at Gloucester Docks.

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