Bandstand was a popular addition

The bandstand and terraces on Southsea Common in the late 1920s
The bandstand and terraces on Southsea Common in the late 1920s
Discoverer of the Mary Rose, Alexander McKee on the lookout at the Ferrypoint, Hayling, for another wildcat, aided by binoculars and a plate of cat food

THIS WEEK IN 1988: Alex wades ashore in bid to bag cat

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The bandstand and terraces, Southsea Common, probably in the late 1920s.

In December 1922 the town council decided to buy the common from the War Office rather than continue to pay rent and paid £45,000 for the 171 acres.

A further £60,000 was spent providing gardens and facilities for the common, including the bandstand which obviously proved very popular.