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NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

If you’re struggling with the geography in the 1930s’ photograph above, look to the top of Portsdown Hill and you’ll see Fort Widley.

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Can anyone take a guess where this photograph was taken? I think it might be along Pembroke Road.

NOSTALGIA: Mystery picture of Portsmouth: do you recognise this scene?

I know many of you have bought my new book Portsmouth In Transition but if you have not and would like a personalised signed copy for a Christmas present I shall be at Waterstones in Commercial Road on Friday from 10.30am until midday and then again on Sunday from 11am until 12.30pm. Hope to meet you there.

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Looking down London Road circa 1903. The Horndean Light Railway tracks are on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Tramlines await the first cars to climb to top of Portsdown Hill

My colleague Barry Cox has again loaned me photographs from his vast collection of the former Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway so I shall include some ‘then and now’ photographs during the next few days.

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The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

Three weeks ago I wrote about the sinking of HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow, Orkney, on October 14, 1939.

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A look down traffic-free Bedhampton Hill, Bedhampton, in the 1920s.  Picture: Ralph Cousins collection

NOSTALGIA: They’re getting in a right old pickle about those Pickle Nights

This a view down Bedhampton Hill, Bedhampton, in the 1920s and traffic free compared to today. Just the one car in the distance.

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The Victoria Cinema in Commercial Road at its junction with Cambridge Road, 1962. This is where Commercial Road begins its long journey north to Kingston Crescent. Picture: Eddie Wallace

NOSTALGIA: Old theatre with a 2,400 capacity became another long lost Portsmouth cinema

My colleague Bob Hind has his latest book published tomorrow and, according to publisher Halsgrove, it is as good if not better than his last one, War-torn Portsmouth Then, After and Now.

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Winston Churchill.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: No rationing for Winnie

I wonder how many of you have eaten while on a flight recently and what the meal was like?

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A gaggle of 33-submarines tied up at HMS Dolphin, Gosport, pre-January 1922. HMS Victory is in the far distance.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Here’s a sight you won’t see again – 33 subs in the same place

This amazing never-to-be-repeated photograph was taken at the former Royal Navy’s premier submarine base HMS Dolphin, Gosport.

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A reserve propeller blade from HMS Queen Elizabeth. Picture: Terry Bye.

NOSTALGIA: Giant propeller which helps drive the new pride of the Royal Navy

Many of you will have watched the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth Harbour for the first time last month.

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New Zealand lamb carcasses on display in a competition. Note the �290 prize money.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Butchers’ shops went to the slaughter... just like the lambs

Do you remember the days when butchers’ shops had window displays with meat hanging on frames and dressed to attract customers?

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King George V and his three sons (the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII on the left) arrive at Cosham railway station on the evening of Monday, July 15, 1935

NOSTALGIA: Guard parades at night in Portsmouth as former king returns home from exile

On December 11, 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated and a title had to be found for him.

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An Italian human torpedo with warhead attached is raised from the hold of an Italian ship.

NOSTALGIA: Untold story of navy divers who protected the fleet at Gibraltar

A book has just been published by John Bevan on the work of the underwater teams based in Gibraltar during the Second World War.

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The prize for the best-dressed men at the HMS Pickle night, Jim Riley and Bob Errington.

NOSTALGIA: Trafalgar remembered: fun at the aptly-named Pickle night

Many of you will have heard of HMS Pickle, the topsail schooner at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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A well -known postcard from the last century: a shepherd herding sheep across Bedhampton level crossing.

NOSTALGIA: Bedhampton railway gates at the turn of the last century

This picture is well-known and produced several times over the years on this page by my predecessors, so I thought we would have then and now photos to see how the scene has altered.

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Handleys Corner, Southsea, after the blitz of 1941. No one is running and hiding despite the possible danger.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Can you imagine Churchill telling us to: ‘Run, hide, tell’?

Back in the early days of the Second World War, Winston Churchill, the man who led this great country through the biggest crisis it has ever had to face, said in one of his speeches: ‘We will not flag or fail. We will go on to the end. We will defend our island whatever the cost may be. We will never surrender.’

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