Councillors battle it out

Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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On June 29, 1921 Portsmouth councillors took on their Southampton counterparts, not in the council chamber but on the cricket pitch.

The game was played at the asylum ground, Milton, and the mayor, Councillor John Timpson, opened the batting. Southampton won by 44 runs.