Davy’s happy days spent on his Hampshire farm

In December 1992  Davy Jones visited Fareham College to give tips to film students on a media studies course. He's seen here with Justin Westnedge (18), Tanya Wilkinson (17) and Brian Purvis (18).
In December 1992 Davy Jones visited Fareham College to give tips to film students on a media studies course. He's seen here with Justin Westnedge (18), Tanya Wilkinson (17) and Brian Purvis (18).
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In the 1980s and 1990s Davy Jones was a familiar figure in the Portsmouth area.

He was the singer/actor who made his way from Corrie to California.

Davy Jones in racing silks in October 1980 when he rode in a race for amateur riders at Newbury.

Davy Jones in racing silks in October 1980 when he rode in a race for amateur riders at Newbury.

And he was forever associated with the TV show about a manufactured band called the Monkees.

But Davy, who died earlier this week from a heart attack in Florida aged 66, was never happier than when he was with his horses on his Hampshire farm.

In 1989 he appeared for the first time on stage in Portsmouth as part of the group’s first British tour for 22 years.

It was a short journey for him. At that time he was 43, and he and his wife Anita, who went to school at Fareham, were living at Old Bedhampton and had just bought a farm at Soberton.

They later moved to Droxford where Davy, a huge fan of horse racing, kept nine horses.

In an interview with The News he said: ‘I have been serious about racing for the past five years. I have my amateur jockey’s licence and one day I would like to win the Grand National.

‘I am spending a lot of time here at the moment because I love English hurdling.’

He had once been a stableboy at Newmarket and was encouraged to take horse-riding seriously by Anita.

His then seven-month-old daughter Annabel was born in ‘good old St Mary’s Hospital’ and Davy said the staff there had been ‘marvellous’.

He divided his time between homes in England, Australia and the United States, but when he was in Hampshire he made regular public appearances as these pictures from the archives show.