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NOSTALGIA: End of the road for horse-drawn industry in city

I asked if anyone could provide an insight into the history of the horse-drawn vehicles shown here at Clarence Pier, Southsea, and whether the picture could be dated.

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Nottingham - HMS Nottingham's Captain Jeremy Blackman sets Chiefs Alan Davies, John Bradbury, Murray Silcock and Mike Sayer on their way

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Full pedal ahead to Nottingham

Four chief petty officers expected to be nursing a few saddle sores after cycling to Nottingham to raise money for sick children.

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THIS WEEK IN 1084: Bank raiders in bin-liner sting

Ingenious bank raiders committed the year’s cheekiest theft – hanging their dustbin liner ‘swagbag’ inside the door, tricking customers into filling it.

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Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet

Popped in, Souled Out and going strong 30 years on

He’s sold millions of records and played in front of vast crowds as part of pop-soul stars Wet Wet Wet, but bassist/guitarist Graeme Clark doesn’t mind admitting that the prospect of going out solo makes him nervous.

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Sean Collins
. Picture by Steve Reid, Blitz Photography

Sean Collins is aiming to bring the funny back to Gosport

He’s appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and carved himself a national comedy career.

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Shell - James Martin with the piece of shell which hit HMS Baham during the first world war. In the background is a photograph of the ship

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Veteran finds shell that struck his ship in Southsea junk shop

Eagle-eyed war veteran James Martin jumped at the chance to buy part of a German shell which struck his ship.

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HMS Amethyst photographed by Derek Hodgeson from HMS Concord after her escape down the Yangste River in 1949.

NOSTALGIA: Twenty-two killed aboard HMS Amethyst in Yangtze incident

During April 1949 the frigate HMS Amethyst was on her way from Shanghai to Nanking to replace HMS Consort which was standing as guardship for the British embassy there during the Chinese Civil War.

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THIS WEEK IN 1984: Portsmouth kidnap alert nurse spotted

A shy 24-year-old Portsmouth student nurse and her boyfriend, who were at the centre of a kidnap alert, were sighted together 100 miles away in Kent.

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Princess Elizabeth

NOSTALGIA: Princess worried about lord mayor’s bald head in hot sun

The picture of the former Nuffield United Services Officers’ Club in the heart of Portsmouth brought back some fascinating memories for Rosemary Stanley.

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BOB HIND: So when did ‘navy’ become ‘military’?

Can anyone tell me: since when has the Royal Navy become ‘military’?

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Anchor - The 'bomb-proof' Anchor Cafe near the Clarence Pier complex

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Anchor cafe goes from blitz to bricks

A unique feature of the Southsea landscape was to be pulled down following the death of caterer Peter Snook.

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THEN: With Michael Faithful guarding the wicket and fielders close in, here are lads enjoying cricket on the early Leigh Park estate.

NOSTALGIA: Test match special at Leigh Park

This photograph was published in The News in the 1950s and shows a game of cricket being played at Leigh Park. It was sent by Michael Faithful.

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Some of the 1,154 runners taking part in the 1984 Great Butser Run

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Run for the hills – Greg takes record

Top Portsmouth athlete Greg Butcher won the seventh Great Butser Run in record time.

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The benefit gig for Andy Reeves is at The Wedgewood Rooms

The Racketeers and Archive 45 play benefit gig at The Wedgewood Rooms for injured music fan

Pompey’s music scene is pulling together this evening with a fundraising gig for regular gig-goer and music fan Andy Reeves.

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Ravenswood Gardens, Southsea, on September 15, 2000.

NOSTALGIA: Day the sky fell in on Portsmouth

We’ve been deluged with images this week of the devastation wreaked by the weather in the Caribbean and Florida. So I thought it only fair to remind ourselves of what happened here 17 years ago today.

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Found: Old Portsmouth pub landlords

Found: Old Portsmouth pub landlords

I wonder how many of you can remember the Mafeking pub that used to stand in Warblington Street, Old Portsmouth, long before today’s modern houses were built. It was overshadowed by the power station.
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THIS WEEK IN 1983: No chance for the 18-30 age group

Are you single, between 18 and 30, and want to join Havant’s housing waiting list? Don’t bother!

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Peggy - Peggy Wood returning home after the courts decision

THIS WEEK IN 1983: Pensioner must go - Drayton spinster has to quit her home

An 11th hour bid by an elderly Drayton spinster to stop bailiffs evicting her from her life-long home failed when a judge refused her appeal.

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Saint Roger's halo didn't slip when he gave me interview

Saint Roger's halo didn't slip when he gave me interview

While writing this article on Tuesday news came through that Roger Moore had died.
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Boys who became men when HMS Havant rescued thousands from Dunkirk

Boys who became men when HMS Havant rescued thousands from Dunkirk

On July 21, I wrote about the destroyer HMS Havant which played a part in the rescue of so many servicemen, both British and French, from the Dunkirk beaches. In all, 2,432 soldiers were returned to our shores by the brave little destroyer.
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