Eddie and his pals posed by black shirts board

Eddie Wallace (right) and his pals in 1937, posing in front of a board advertising a meeting of the black shirts

Eddie Wallace (right) and his pals in 1937, posing in front of a board advertising a meeting of the black shirts

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This is 1937, when the black shirts of the British Union of Fascists & National Socialists had premises in Arundel Street, Portsmouth.

The picture comes from the collection of Eddie Wallace and shows Eddie to the right with his two pals, Messrs Quinn and Sherwin, eating ice creams. They are close by Speaker’s Corner on Southsea Esplanade.

Don’t think for a minute Eddie and his pals were anything to do with the black shirts, they were just posing around the board. In fact they were on a walkabout with police officer DI Powell. Eddie later joined the Portsmouth police.

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