Joan was on stage twice a night

A Pompey forward heads the ball towards the Milton goal.  (Barry Cox collection)

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Could you name one female singer, let alone a male, who could appear at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, for two months appearing twice-nightly?

No, I didn’t think you could; but this was the norm at one time and in July 1963 Joan Regan did just that.

She also made matinee appearances in other places and no doubt in night clubs after the show.

She rented a house in the area so that her daughter and two sons would be able to visit her.

Can you imagine anyone being able to do that today?

Also appearing in the show was everyone’s favourite magician David Nixon and comedian Nat Jackley.

At the same time, but for one night only, the star attraction at the Savoy on Southsea seafront were Freddie and the Dreamers who I saw many years later at a Plessey Social Club such were the difference in circumstances.

For two Saturdays in August of that year the nine-piece dance orchestra of Neville Jackson was on hand at Kimbells in Osborne Road.

Such entertainment now only dreamed of I think.

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