Frozen in Langstone Harbour

The yacht Inisheer stuck fast in the ice in Langstone Harbour during the Big Freeze of 1963
The yacht Inisheer stuck fast in the ice in Langstone Harbour during the Big Freeze of 1963

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Your pictures of the Big Freeze 50 years ago keep coming and the one here was sent by Babs Hutchens, of Lidiard Gardens, Eastney.

It shows the family yacht Inisheer locked in the ice of a frozen Langstone Harbour.

Babs also recalls she and her then fiance Maurice skating on the moat at Hilsea when the ice was about six inches thick.

She also wonders if any readers have a photograph of Osborne Road, Southsea, in the 1930s, which shows the side opposite the Queen’s Hotel.

Babs says: ‘I worked at Maison-Marcel’s in this section of the road and it is never shown.

‘On the night of January 10, 1941, the Royal Engineers dynamited the building to create a firebreak from the fires which had devastated a lot of the city, including all of Palmerston Road.’

If anyone does have one please send it to me and I’ll publish it for Babs.