Intense pressure to keep out of the sun on new Portsmouth beach

SHELTER Bathing tents on the newly-developed beach at Eastney in the 1930s
SHELTER Bathing tents on the newly-developed beach at Eastney in the 1930s
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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Long before the days of cheap air travel to the continent, most Britons were more than happy to sit on a beach and sunbathe.

In the 1930s a new beach was made at the Eastney end of Southsea seafront and tents were put up on the shingle for the sunseekers of the time to use.

STALWARTS Southsea Motor Clubs Clarence Jolliffe (far left), his wife Jackie, Tom Sprake and Muriel

STALWARTS Southsea Motor Clubs Clarence Jolliffe (far left), his wife Jackie, Tom Sprake and Muriel

Here we see the majority of tents occupied by people either seeking some shade or wishing to get out of the wind.

What a pity these striped structures are no longer a feature of the beach at this end of the esplanade.

No doubt the war put paid to them but, in place of expensive beach huts, the re-introduction of these tents might be a good idea.

Note the attendant, right of centre in obligatory white cap, collecting fees for the tents.

JAGUAR Betty Symonds along with Phylis Havard  at Margate.

JAGUAR Betty Symonds along with Phylis Havard at Margate.

Also pictured, on Southsea Common, are two stalwarts of the Southsea Motor Club in 1952 along with their ladies.

On the left is Portsmouth solicitor Clarence Jolliffe with his wife Jackie. Next is Tom Sprake and the woman is believed to be Muriel.

In 1951, Southsea Motor Club (formed in 1931) went to Margate, Kent, for a special test run. Driving the Jaguar in the other picture is Betty Symonds with Phyllis Havard, two long-time supporters of the club.