Late night trouble

Former Lord Mayor Brian Read
Former Lord Mayor Brian Read
The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

NOSTALGIA: Ready and waiting, the shiny new tracks climbing Portsdown Hill

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Elsewhere in The News on that day six years ago we were still reporting late-night trouble in notorious Guildhall Walk.

The police had been to court to ban Bar Me from opening after a string of brawls in the first case of its type in Portsmouth.

Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie

Officers had shut the bar for 24 hours after three fights broke out there the previous Saturday night.

Then magistrates extended the ban after hearing there had been 52 reported incidents there in the previous six months.

There was an obituary to a former lord mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Brian Read, who had died aged 65.

During his year in office he raised more than £104,000 as part of his Rocking Horse Appeal for district nurses and kidney dialysis machines.

Copnor Bridge had just been closed for six months for a replacement to be built and Portsmouth’s traffic chiefs were surprised at how little chaos it had caused.

On the letters page there was consternation that council tax payers had not been consulted about the building of a 50-metre swimming pool at the Mountbatten Centre.

At the King Theatre, Southsea, a top national touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was playing to packed houses.

On TV, Neighbours was still on BBC1 at teatime, there was live coverage from Old Trafford of Man Utd’s Champions’ League clash with Lille on ITV1 and Bill Oddie was watching water voles along a disused canal.