A foggy day in Portsmouth town

HMS Coronation in the foreground  with the Guildhall as a backdrop.
HMS Coronation in the foreground with the Guildhall as a backdrop.
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MEMORIAL UNVEILING SUNDAY 20, AUGUST 2017

Part of the memorial to be unveiled in Guildhall Square next Sunday at 2pm.

Seconds out! Long-awaited tribute to Portsmouth boxers to be unveiled

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I have been trying to find a picture to celebrate the Guildhall’s 125th anniversary with some atmosphere to it and at last I’ve found one in David Bowler’s marvellous book Portsmouth Trolleybuses.

Here we see the Guildhall on a foggy night in 1937. The Coronation of George VI enabled the council to splash out and build a wooden battleship – HMS Coronation – in Guildhall Square over the top of the shelter.

It caused a sensation at the time and the Guildhall makes a superb backdrop.