Bombing too close for comfort

The northern section of High Street, Cosham
The northern section of High Street, Cosham

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This picture from the Paul Costen collection brought back wartime memories for Irene Parvin who dates it between 1942 and 1945.

She said she moved to this northern section of High Street, Cosham, Portsmouth, with her parents.

They had lived at Mile End and Irene said the bombing of the nearby Dockyard was too close for comfort, so they upped sticks and moved into a flat here, opposite Woolworth’s – it’s the one in this picture on the left with the white bay window.

Irene, of South Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, said: ‘At the age of 16 I started working in Timothy Whites and Taylors in the chemists.

‘When the raids started all the army lorries from Hilsea used to drive through the High Street to go over the hill.’