I asked last week if anyone remembered a Miss Bolt, a Portsmouth teacher in the late 1940s and 1950s. She was later Mrs Pat Hind, my aunt who died recently aged 88.
I received two replies. One was from Lynda Watts, of Cowplain, who remembers Pat when she was sports mistress at North End.
She said: ‘Mrs Hind was at the Northern Grammar School for Girls in Mayfield Road from 1955-1960 and she took our class for sport.
‘The class was out on the hockey field in all weather conditions in the winter (‘come on girls! You’ll soon get warm running around!’) and sweltering on the tennis courts in summer (‘you’ll never get to Wimbledon serving like that!’). Happy Days.’
I then received a letter from Mrs Terry Hall who lives in the same house where Pat grew up.
She told me: ‘I only met and corresponded with Patricia a couple of times, but she seemed a very warm and friendly lady and I feel that her family are a small part of my own family.
‘I believe Pat’s mother lived with her family at 7, St Simon’s Road, Southsea for 60 years. We bought the house from her just over 30 years ago and Mrs Bolt refused to sell the house to be converted into flats as she wanted it to remain a family home. It is – we still live here.
‘I think the Bolts must have been hoarders as we found many items belonging to them and Patricia.’
Terry adds: ‘It’s interesting that you should also have an article about Portsmouth Gas Light Company on the same page.
‘When we bought the house it still had gas light fittings and somewhere (waiting to be catalogued) in the house is an overdue bill – more than 100 years old – for 7 St Simon’s Road – from the Portsmouth Gas Light Co.’