Cool stretched-charabanc caught the eye on Southsea seafront

A 1996 shot of an old charabanc on Southsea seafront
A 1996 shot of an old charabanc on Southsea seafront
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The main picture here was taken in August 1996 on Southsea seafront by regular Remember When reader Eddy Amey from Fareham.

He says he’s never seen a charabanc like it and wonders if it was a vintage bus outing.

rw boys school team''Goalkeeper Benny Read with the Portsmouth Boys' team of 1948-48

rw boys school team''Goalkeeper Benny Read with the Portsmouth Boys' team of 1948-48

Eddy says: ‘It would appear to have a soft, retractable roof which is open and the battery box might be on the running board.

‘I wonder if any of the transport buffs who read Remember When can identify the vehicle?’

Meanwhile, the remaining four photos are the last in the bundle sent to me by Maureen Read (née Logan), of Elizabeth Gardens, Southsea.

Each team features her goalkeeper husband Benny Read, who was born in St George’s Square, Portsea, and went to the Beneficial School.

rw church school 1946''The 1946 school team at Church Street School, landport

rw church school 1946''The 1946 school team at Church Street School, landport

The couple married in 1954 and went on to run betting shops on The Hard, Portsea, and Highlands Road, Southsea, in the 1960s.

If you recognise yourself, a relative or a friend, please get in touch.

rw privett 51-52''Benny Read is the goalkeeper in this picture of Privett Spots team 1951-52

rw privett 51-52''Benny Read is the goalkeeper in this picture of Privett Spots team 1951-52

rw small read''Benny Read is the smaller of the two goalkeepers in this shot of Privett Sports from the mid-1950s

rw small read''Benny Read is the smaller of the two goalkeepers in this shot of Privett Sports from the mid-1950s