The siren sounded and 50 squeezed into the shelter

Seen in December 1939, we see members of the Portsmouth Police Fire Brigade on exercise in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth.

Commercial Road, Portsmouth, looking south in 1965. We know this as the film being shown at the former Classic Cinema was The Knack which was released that year

Commercial Road lost its pizazz when it was paved

Looking down Commercial Road in 1965 we see Classic cinema is still operating.

The junction of Commercial Road and Edinburgh Road, pre-1936 but perhaps as early as the 1920s

Portsmouth shops in their heyday – before The Blitz took them

Although the world has moved on since this photograph was taken, the junction of Commercial Road and Edinburgh Road remains as busy as it ever was.


Soldiers and firefighters battled to save mansion

I am hoping there might be a reader who can remember the fire at Westgate House, near Westbourne, West Sussex, in 1940.

The legendary HMS Victorious under stormy skies in 1943. The black shield forard is a wind barrier to protect the aircraft.

Send her Victorious

With new aircraft carriers due to arrive in Portsmouth in the next few years, I wonder if they will achieve fame and legendary status like that of HMS Victorious?

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Passengers from a paddle steamer disembark at Ryde Pierhead. Was the wheel above the rudder used when going astern?

You see more when you travel slowly

I am sure we can all remember when a trip across the Solent from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde was always something special and everyone knew a good day was to be had.


Were you a World Cup Willy?

Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup in 1966.

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The trains came to rest against Havant signal box. The Brighton train is on the left.

‘There were no screams – the passengers were exceptionally calm’

No matter how minor, there was a time when all railway incidents were reported in the local press.

With the new season  only  weeks away let us hope this Plum cartoon is prophetic of the new season.

Even in the old days hopes were still high for Pompey

Plum was the Evening News/Football Mail cartoonist for many years and his classic drawings made many a reader smile.

Musician Richard Sharp with Marian Le May

Tambourine from Battle of Jutland finds a new home with the Royal Marines

A MILITARY tambourine used by a veteran who survived the Battle of Jutland has been returned to the Royal Marines.

All Saints Church, Landport, is featured in this picture, dwarfed by the tower blocks behind it. Commercial Road runs across the picture still lined by shops and houses. The M275 was yet to be built

Photography and flying left legacy of city from the air

Jim Bramble was a teacher at Portsmouth Technical High School during the 1960s.


Watch: The Mary Rose in numbers

Take a look at Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose in numbers.

St Peters Church, Falstone, Northumberland

The Mary Beal Appeal: do you know of this Portsmouth woman?

Full marks if you recognised the church here before reading the caption.

Horse-drawn cabs awaiting customers on The Hard in the 19th century

Piling 80ft into Portsmouth Harbour mud for new transport hub

The Hard is hugely important to Portsmouth as a transport interchange. It is a site where bus, train and boat services come together and for many people it is the first thing they see when arriving in the city.

Jim Davies, front row, far right, in 1938

Dance champion and her dad killed in head-on crash

Those who read last Friday’s Remember When will recall the exploits of Portsmouth firefighter George Warren during the blitz.


HMS Repulse, an apology

I made a classic error last week, for which I can only apologise.


Downed biplane identified as torpedo bomber from Courageous

I received two replies to my column about the downed biplane earlier this month.

Ausonia in her heyday as a Cunard cruiser.

The last view of former yeoman of HMS Ausonia

A few weeks ago I published a photo of HMS Ausonia, which was anchored in Fareham Creek before her final trip to the breakers.

The junction of three hills, Portsdown Hill Road on the left, Bedhampton Hill  behind camera and Bedhampton Road facing.

Snapping the three hills of Bedhampton

In this shot taken from the bottom of Bedhampton Hill, we are at the junction of three hills at Belmont, Bedhampton.


A nearly roof-raising final

Two weeks today it will be the 50th anniversary of England winning the World Cup in 1966.

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