Days when children had to wear summer sandals

Children and adults celebrate the 1953 coronation in Eastfield Road, Southsea
Children and adults celebrate the 1953 coronation in Eastfield Road, Southsea
Looking down London Road circa 1903. The Horndean Light Railway tracks are on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Look at the footwear on all these children – not a pair of trainers in sight.

These were the days when sandals were worn, like it or not, by girls and boys every summer.

This happy bunch were posing for the camera during the street party in Eastfield Road, Southsea, for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

The picture comes from Jill Gowland whose parents ‘Mac’ and Edna managed the Eastfield Hotel at the time.

Jill, of Bramshott Road, Southsea, is standing next to her late sister Janet in the second row from the front. They are third and fourth from the left.

Anyone else recognise themselves?