Cheap fares in days when shorts took the strain

BARGAINS Some of the remarkable ticket prices, even for the 1950s
BARGAINS Some of the remarkable ticket prices, even for the 1950s

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Here we see a selection of fares available from Portsmouth & Southsea when it was relatively cheap to travel by train (we travel by train not rail by the way!).

The difference in travelling on one day and the next is almost 50 per cent in some cases.

SCOUTS ON PARADE  Portsmouth scouts on parade and ready for inspection by the  C in C Portsmouth Admiral Sir Arthur Power.

SCOUTS ON PARADE Portsmouth scouts on parade and ready for inspection by the C in C Portsmouth Admiral Sir Arthur Power.

Travel to London Waterloo before 9.30am Sunday and the fare was 15s 3d (76p). Travel after that time and the fare was just 10s 3d (52p). Lovely days.

I know the overweight man looks amusing and it beggars belief that he would ever venture outdoors dressed like it, but he was a scout and that’s all that matters.

We see three top scouts and the C-in-C Portsmouth Admiral Sir Arthur Power ready to inspect the parade of scouts during Scouting Week in 1950.

I like pictures such as the one of the parade as I invariably receive a letter from someone saying it was them third from the left.

jpns-05-05-16-032 rw scouting week  SCOUTING WEEK IN PORTSMOUTH 1950  Here we see  the C-in-C  Portsmouth, along with  P.H. Childs, P.A. Hawkesworth and A.J. Matthews

jpns-05-05-16-032 rw scouting week SCOUTING WEEK IN PORTSMOUTH 1950 Here we see the C-in-C Portsmouth, along with P.H. Childs, P.A. Hawkesworth and A.J. Matthews

I am sure there must be a few of these boys left in the city even though they are pensioners by now.

Today’s final picture features John Bevan, the chairman of the Historical Diving Society when he was a student at the Portsmouth College of Technology.

While he was studying there he formed the College Diving Club which still runs today.

He teamed up with the Odeon cinema which was running the James Bond film Thunderball at the time.

John Bevan poses outside the Guildhall  with weapons from the  James Bond film Thunderball.

John Bevan poses outside the Guildhall with weapons from the James Bond film Thunderball.

John borrowed the weapons from Pinewood Studios.