Chorus girl on call to help out with trick cyclist’s act at Hayling Island

Jean Davies - the one waving on the right - at Coronation Holiday Camp, Hayling Island, 1961 PPP-140714-170828001
Jean Davies - the one waving on the right - at Coronation Holiday Camp, Hayling Island, 1961 PPP-140714-170828001

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Jean Davies takes us back to the early 1960s today and the heyday of the holiday camp.

She appears in pictures here taken at the old Coronation camp, Hayling Island in 1961.

Jean Davies (nee Frazer) second from the right PPP-140714-170839001

Jean Davies (nee Frazer) second from the right PPP-140714-170839001

Jean (née Frazer). of Edgbaston House, Somers Town, Portsmouth, worked there as a waitress, served at night in the Seafood Bar and was also in the chorus line entertaining the happy campers.

She says: ‘I never stopped and if the unicyclist needed a girl to pull from the crowd as part of his act, I’d go up the road to the Sinah Warren camp to do that.’

The recent picture of High Street, Cosham, brought back memories for Evelyn Grant.

She says that for many years from the mid-1960s her mother, Gladys Goddard, worked for Cracknell’s Tailors, which you can see in the picture. She retired, aged 70, in 1984.

High Street, Cosham, from the Havant Road junction PPP-140807-142513001

High Street, Cosham, from the Havant Road junction PPP-140807-142513001

Evelyn says: ‘Mr Cracknell was an established and traditional tailor, who was never seen without his tape measure around his neck and his tailor’s chalk in his waistcoat pocket.

‘The shop did tailoring, alterations, and sold gents’ clothing, and later diversified into household linen and table linen.

‘I remember the shop being very long and narrow, and the staff, many of whom were family members, were very polite and traditional.’

She adds: ‘When the upper end of High Street was redeveloped, the shop moved to Highbury Buildings and the tailoring side of things was gradually discontinued.’