Barracks’ anniversary nears

The Royal Naval Band leading the parade at Trooping the Queen's Colour after the earlier ceremony. Note the long gunnery gaiters which I always thought looked so much smarter than the everyday shorter version. All of these men must be over 80 now, but perhaps there might be one or two of you reading this who remember the day?

The Royal Naval Band leading the parade at Trooping the Queen's Colour after the earlier ceremony. Note the long gunnery gaiters which I always thought looked so much smarter than the everyday shorter version. All of these men must be over 80 now, but perhaps there might be one or two of you reading this who remember the day?

A redundant Blackpool tram in Havant goods yard between 1964 and 1966.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

A streetcar named Hayling Billy would have run on saved line

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I wonder how many of you know that this September is the 110th anniversary of the opening of the Royal Naval Barracks, HMS Victory, in Queen Street, Portsmouth.

It is now called HMS Nelson of course as so many confused it with HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship.

Many of you must have passed through its gate now standing alone to the front of new gates installed to cope with modern traffic.

Perhaps you joined the navy in the barracks or were stationed there at one time?

I would love to know for an article I am writing in September.

Any photos would be a bonus of course.

Normal e-mail and address please.

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