Dancing with bells on! Hats off to these morris dancing Portsmouth lads

The morris dancing group from Court Lane Junior School, Cosham, in 1978/79.
The morris dancing group from Court Lane Junior School, Cosham, in 1978/79.
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Now here’s a sight you will not see too often these days – in fact, it must have been pretty unusual in 1978/79.

For, in the picture above we see the lads from Court Lane Junior School’s morris dancing side.

Portsmouth Scouts  at an inter-group five-a-side tournament believed to be about 1980/81.

Portsmouth Scouts at an inter-group five-a-side tournament believed to be about 1980/81.

How refreshing to see the old traditions were still being kept alive even in the modern era. I wonder how many of these Cosham schoolboys went on to join adult sides in later life?

Thanks to Mark James, of Southsea, for the picture in which he stars – he is fourth from the left in the top row.

Some of the other boys here that he can remember are: Paul Allen, Tim Keeping, Paul Gray, Kerry Filer, Simon Dillon, Glen Owen, Jonathon Gibbs, Kevin Bunn, Owen Palmer, Jonathon Morris, Howard Collins, Neil Welsh, Sean Dobson, Glen Ardern.

Mark, who has been going through family pictures, also stumbled across the one on the right at the bottom of the page.

Who was this bread-delivering cyclist?

Who was this bread-delivering cyclist?

It was taken, again by a News photographer, at a five-a-side football tournament between Portsmouth Scout groups, this time about 1980/81.

Mark is in the top right-hand corner.

Others in the picture to whom he can put names are: Simon Harper, Jimmy Richards, Glen Ardern, Vaughan Palmer, Owen Palmer, Colin Marriott, Graham Chamberlain, James Harper and former Chief Scout of Portsmouth, Ray Curtis.

•He might have his back to the camera, but Lynne Hiscott immediately recognised the bread delivery man in the picture below which appeared on these pages earlier this week.

Pram tyre pressures geting a tad low? Then you need have looked no further than FM Seals cycle and motor accessories shop  back in what looks like the 1930s or 40s.

Pram tyre pressures geting a tad low? Then you need have looked no further than FM Seals cycle and motor accessories shop back in what looks like the 1930s or 40s.

She writes: ‘The picture of the Scott’s delivery man brought back so many wonderful memories for me.

‘In the middle 1950s, when we lived in Kingsley Road [Eastney], my mum used to have her bread delivered by that kind, gentle man.

‘Even though it’s only his back view, he is instantly recognisable.

‘My brother and I couldn’t wait for the bread to be brought in, cut into thick slices and thickly buttered. Yummy!

‘I never knew his name.’

So here’s a Friday challenge for you.

What was the name of the cycling bread man. Does anybody know?

And do any of you recognise the exact location of the picture – limited though it is.

Obviously, we can see from the photograph that Scott’s was based in Devonshire Avenue, so I’m guessing it was taken in that vicinity.

•Pram tyre pressures geting a tad low? Then you need have looked no further than FM Seal’s cycle and motor accessories shop back in what looks like the 1930s or ’40s.

‘Pram tyres fitted while you wait’ says one o f those signs in the window. Another confirms the ‘depot’ was a Royal Enfield agent.

Many thanks to Stephen Payne for the evocative picture which he says was taken by R Holloway, of 50 Havant Road, Portsmouth.

Stephen thinks the shop might have been in Highland Road? Is he right?