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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Gift of life put on ice – surgeon preserves transplant organs

Surgeons were poised to carry out Portsmouth’s first chilled kidney transplant by preserving a dead person’s organs without asking relatives first.

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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Racist hate attack complaints rise

A horrifying series of racist threats and violence in Portsmouth was exposed.

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You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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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THIS WEEK IN 1993: ‘Despicable’ attack on Armistice Day

THIS WEEK IN 1993: ‘Despicable’ attack on Armistice Day

Poppy-seller David Bantin was shoved against a wall and robbed of collection tins in a Southsea street.

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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Nursery school for all three-year-olds

Hampshire was to be among the leaders of a national campaign urging nursery education for all children from the age of three.

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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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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Ballet shoes put on show in museum

THIS WEEK IN 1993: Ballet shoes put on show in museum

Gosport submarine museum was the unlikely resting place for the red ballet shoes which inspired Kate Bush’s album release.

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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Protection racket put up ‘wall of silence’

Police feared protection racketeers had moved in on a crime-hit area of Portsmouth – leaving their targets too scared to talk.

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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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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Royal Navy brings in drugs booty

THIS WEEK IN 1993: Royal Navy brings in drugs booty

A drug-busting warship arrived in Portsmouth with a £7m cargo of seized cannabis on board and a seized ship under escort.

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It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

NOSTALGIA: A Portsmouth scene unrecognisable today: Commercial Road in its pomp

I’ve been giving you a taste of my colleague Bob Hind’s new book Portsmouth in Transition and if there was ever a transition the two photographs below prove it. The comparison between the two is astonishing.

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THIS WEEK IN 1993: Portsmouth teenager killed in knife fight

THIS WEEK IN 1993: Portsmouth teenager killed in knife fight

A murder inquiry was under way at Fareham after a boy was fatally stabbed in a fight outside a shop.

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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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Mervyn 'Jim' Dove with his daughter Susan

Daughter nominates dad for scruffiest man title

Retired car salesman Mervyn Dove may have driven a posh BMW but he did not care much about street cred when it came to clothes.

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Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

The announcement of the appointment of the first female head of Portsmouth Grammar School, Dr Anne Cotton, has prompted the school’s archivist, JOHN SADDEN, to share some of his research on the school’s first female teacher.

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Bob Sivewright with quick-thinking newsboy Chris Turner

THIS WEEK IN 1992: Couple saved from gas leak by hero newspaper delivery boy

Newsboy Chris Turner was hailed a hero for saving the lives of a sleeping elderly Portsmouth couple in their gas-filled house.

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THIS WEEK IN 1992: Police officers attacked by gang

Two senior police officers were attacked by a gang of thugs as street violence flared after a huge fireworks show in Cosham.

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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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Mike and Elaine Friend pictured on their wedding day

THIS WEEK IN 1992: Councillor’s wife’s act of desperation

Gosport council chief executive Mike Friend kept a low profile after revelations about his private life surfaced.

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THIS WEEK IN 1992: Auxiliary ship Argus is bound for Bosnia

The captain of the Portsmouth-based Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus said his crew was happy but unsettled about heading to war-torn former Yugoslavia.

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