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THIS WEEK IN 1989: Baby cheats death after 14-foot fall

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I know by the number of e-mails I receive that many Remember When readers are now fully conversant with their computers.

I’m sure most of you would never have dreamed that one day you’d be sending letters at the press of a button rather than using a postage stamp.

This means only one thing of course , that many, even in their twilight years, have learnt to use computers, tablets and smartphones.

For those of you who loved the Portsmouth of the past and use YouTube, do take a look at three old films – Portsmouth By Bus, Portsmouth Trolleybuses and Portsmouth Trolleybus Archive all in glorious vintage colour.

Most tour the city with film taken on trolley buses and from the roadside that will bring back evocative memories of the city before it was rebuilt in the 1960s and ’70s.

A fortnight ago I told you of a 383-page book just published called Portsmouth Trolleybuses (call 01408 622660 to order a copy) which includes many marvellous full colour photographs.

Here is one which I have re-taken for a then and now comparison.

If you are under 40 you will not remember when the roundabout south of Fratton Bridge was not there. Here we see a trolley bus having come west from Goldsmith Avenue, it turns south into Victoria Road North.

It is passing the National Provincial Bank. The manager at this time was a Mr AL Beattie.

I stand to be corrected, but did the London & Manchester Insurance firm have offices above the bank? I’m sure I can remember the name lit up in red neon letters.

n To see Matt Spanner’s Portsmouth By Bus film, go to portsmouth.co.uk.