‘My dad always said i had an independent streak – and he was right,’ says jaunty-capped beryl

June Bricknell's picture of the Portsmouth Territorial Army band in 1956. June is third from the left in the second row from the back
June Bricknell's picture of the Portsmouth Territorial Army band in 1956. June is third from the left in the second row from the back
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Beryl Abrahams worked at The News Centre for 25 years and never once had her picture in the paper.

And then, a fortnight after the 71-year-old retired as the canteen manageress, she finally made it into these pages. By chance.

June Bricknell, of Arundel Road, Gosport, asked readers if they could put names to faces in this picture of the Portsmouth Territorial Army band from the 1950s.

And there was Beryl (nee Frame) on the far left of the third row down from the top.

And it was a double whammy for the Frame family, for third from the left in the front row was her father Jock, the regimental sergeant major and bandmaster.

Beryl said: ‘I’m the one with the cap pulled right down over my forehead. My dad always said I had an independent streak and he was right – I refused to wear it any other way. I was 17 when this picture was taken.’

Other faces she could remember were: Major Molyneaux, sitting in the middle of the front row immediately behind the bass drum. On the left him was Captain Knapp.

Ruby Dyer was immediately behind the major him wearing the white drum sash.

Two along from her, also wearing the sash, was Hilda Denness.

In the second row from the top, third from the right, was Doreen McGiffen, and fifth from the right in the same row was Anne Tarzey. To the left of her was Iris Pack.

June said she believed the picture was taken in 1956, but Beryl is certain it was a year later because her sister Jean, who had also been a member, had left by then.

Beryl also said the band met in the drill hall in Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, not at the Connaught drill hall, Landport.

‘I know because my father was also the hall’s caretaker,’ she added.

But where was the picture taken? We still don’t know.

Beryl said: ‘It was taken at a summer camp, but I haven’t a clue where it was. We went to so many places.’