Hazy Sunday afternoon in the city of yesteryear

Charlotte Street, Portsmouth
Charlotte Street, Portsmouth
Hampshire's Jimmy Gray and Roy Marshall walk out to open the batting at Burnaby Road in a 1950s match

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Here’s an image you would not see today – a deserted Portsmouth city centre on a Sunday afternoon.

You would also not see it because these street scenes do not exist any more.

The old Moore's Square area of Landport, now part of the Cascades shopping centre

The old Moore's Square area of Landport, now part of the Cascades shopping centre

They were swept away on the tide of progress which roared through the heart of Portsmouth in the 1980s and ’90s.

John Woods, of Reginald Road, Southsea, took these two pictures from the old Tricorn building in Market Way.

They show Charlotte Street (main picture) and the old Moore’s Square area of Landport before the Cascades shopping centre was built.

John recalls that he took them on a Sunday afternoon long before the Sunday trading laws changed to give the seven-day shopping experience.

He does not give a date, but judging by the age of the cars it looks at though it might have been the early 1970s.