General’s visit

Ecstatic scenes at the Guildhall when General Eisenhower attended the Freedom of the City ceremony
Ecstatic scenes at the Guildhall when General Eisenhower attended the Freedom of the City ceremony
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On August 9, 1963 General Eisenhower, General Officer in Command at D-Day, was at Portsmouth Guildhall.

He was back on his old stamping ground to receive the Freedom of the City. The crowd went ecstatic when the general descended the steps and greeted them.

And who do you think was on hand to take a photograph? None other than our own policeman on the beat, Eddie Wallace, who was on duty about the Guildhall at the time.

I have enlarged the photograph several times, but still cannot make out who is the general. But he is in there, believe me!

At the top of the steps can be seen a commissionaire, none other than Eddie’s father.

Do you remember this occasion? Do drop me a line.