Those of you under the age of 70 may struggle to know where the title quote comes from so maybe trundle over here later. I thought it was interesting that possibly the first shots fired on British soil were at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton whereas the first shots of the War itself occurred at the Westerplatte in Gdansk, which I visited this year.
The Wirral story is covered in our local freesheet:
Fifteen minutes after Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced Britain was at war with Germany, Fort battery commander Colonel C.J Cocks ordered two shots to be fired across the bow of a vessel seen entering the closed Rock Channel.
His notes from the day of the event read: "I fired two rounds across the bows and probably these were the first shots of the war."