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Former Portsmouth footbridge stirs memories of pastel pink meringues

Isn’t it funny how a seemingly innocuous picture of a dumped railway footbridge can stir so many memories?

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The Howe Division crest.

Yet another Pompey lad doing his bit

There has been much recently about the Portsmouth Pals and the local soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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The Star and Garter Hotel, Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, demolished in 1954

Ill-fated expedition leader stayed locally before heading for Arctic

There was a recent report in The News which said that the second of two British ships which vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago, while trying to find the fabled Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic, had been found.

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Dockyard memories

Dockyard memories

A superb 40-page booklet came into my possession recently and it is a non-stop read, especially for all you retired ex-dockyard men.

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The reopening of C&A after the war

Thousands of eager shoppers queued for big C&A reopening

During the Second World War much of Commercial Road, Portsmouth, was destroyed by bombing and it was many years before it re-emerged to anything like its pre-war status.

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PANELLED The old ticket office and booking hall at Portsmouth and Southsea station

Parts of Portsmouth’s rail heritage live on at Watercress Line

A booking office and a footbridge have both featured several times here recently – examples of Portsmouth’s railwayana.

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Little Angus McCrudden, front left, alongside his 'banned' friend Mickey Lenton

Picture shows Portsmouth lads who were banned from meeting

Last week’s 1963 picture of disgruntled Beatles’s fans outside Portsmouth Guildhall sparked many memories for Angus McCrudden.

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The former railway footbridge that was dumped at Hilsea Lines and is now at Alresford on the Mid Hants railway. But where did it come from?

Dumped rail footbridge rings a bell with John

Iconfess I doubted if we would find an answer to one of last week’s posers – what happened to the old railway footbridge that once languished at Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth?

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Factory Sports Swimming Club in 1959.

Baths and gym made generation fit and strong

I wrote recently about the former baths and gymnasium at Pitt Street and John Taylor tells me that, although they were always called Pitt Street Baths, this was more to do with the recreation ground close by and the other side of Fitzherbert Road.

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A Plum special

Plum drawings

Plum was the cartoonist for the Evening News and Football Mail for many years and his superb wit and eye for detail made many a reader smile.

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Lennox Motors in Grove Road South when first built in 1938.

Car showroom shoehorned into a residential street

Two weeks ago I published a photo of what I said was the Ford main dealer showroom in Grove Road South, Southsea.

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Snookies before 1974

Snookies: dainty rolls and a job for the office junior

Long-standing Southsea café Snookies was a Portsmouth institution. But, as reported, it’s gone.

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Do you recognise these Fareham sailors?

Do you recognise these Fareham sailors?

Nicholas How is a former commodore of Fareham Sailing and Motor Boat Club who is gathering the club’s history.

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The day The Beatles had to cancel a concert in Portsmouth

The day The Beatles had to cancel a concert in Portsmouth

It was the decade that bought us space travel, the Woodstock festival and Sesame Street.

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CLOCKWATCHING A worker waits for the clock to hit 6pm before clocking out

Bad timekeeping was a major crime and using green ink was even worse

The recent furore over Mike Ashley and Sports Direct’s treatment of its workers was described as Victorian by a committee of MPs.

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Last year's Portsmouth Music Festival 

Picture: Polly Richards

Portsmouth Music Festival to mark its centenary in 2017

PORTSMOUTH Music Festival is getting ready to celebrate a landmark anniversary when it hits 100 next year.

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It must have been a Sunday as this part of the old A3 passing the  gales brewery in Horndean  saw non-stop traffic when it was busy.

Sunday drivers, the old A3 and much-missed Horndean brewery

I imagine the photograph above must have been taken on a Sunday morning in 1970 because there is so little traffic.

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TRIBUTE The report of George Gilberts retirement

Mr Fratton Station retires with a clock after 39 years

My colleague Bob Hind loves a challenge, especially if it involves local history and particularly if it is about the railway.

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The Black family of Hawke Street, Portsea.

Don’t smile! You’re on camera

This somewhat distressed photograph of a wedding was taken in 1901 making it just Victorian.

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The 54th forming a guard of honour at the wedding of cub mistress Gladwys Alden and Ronald Russell in 1948.
The flag bearer next to the bride is John Clubley.

Happy couple guarded by cubs are identified

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