Foul weather and film stars

James Garner
James Garner
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Elsewhere in that Tuesday paper (The News did not publish on bank holidays in those days) there was a round-up of the previous weekend’s events.

Of course, the weather had been foul and there were shots of a deserted beach at South Parade Pier, Southsea, under lowering skies and with rain lashing the camera.

Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand

Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand

There were people huddled beneath umbrellas and wearing coats as they attempted to enjoy Navy Days, but the wet did not deter those taking part in the annual Cowes to Torquay international powerboat race.

Hampshire County Council had joined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture in a bid to keep the county’s 100,000 sheep free of sheep scab.

And east Hampshire illustrator Toni Goffe had joined forces with legendary Blue Peter presenter John Noakes who had just published his first book.

Theatre critic Charles Green gave a glowing review for the Lionel Bart musical Fings Ain’t Wot They Used To Be at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

The Rockford Files, starring James Garner, was on BBC1 along with a documentary charting the first 20 years of the Mini.

Radio 1 DJs in those days included Kid Jensen, Mike Read and, of course, John Peel.

In Gosport, the Petite Coiffure hairdressers in Cambridge Road, was offering a special price for a perm of £4.50 – reduced from £7.50.

And there was also an advert for a demonstration of how hair transplants could transform men at the Centre Hotel, Pembroke Gardens, Old Portsmouth.

At the cinema, Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal were starring in The Main Event at ABC Commercial Road and the Classic, Cosham, while the Empire, Havant, was showing Battlestar Galactica ‘in supersound with special lighting effects during the interval’.