A VE Day ducking for the Portsmouth boys in blue

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

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Last week I mentioned Lily Rump’s memories of VE Day and the bonfire lit by Royal Marines at the junction of Eastney and Bransbury roads, Eastney.

What Lily forgot to say was that when the fire was at its height two constables from Eastney police station came along and threatened to douse the fire.

It’s fair to say the marines were not impressed.

So they picked up the two bobbies, carried them around the corner into Devonshire Avenue and dumped them into one of the large water tanks kept on the streets as emergency water supplies during the war.

The celebratory fire kept burning.