No drama – sound advice sent Katie heading for law

Katie da Gama, front row, left, and the other South Downs College prizewinners of 1992
Katie da Gama, front row, left, and the other South Downs College prizewinners of 1992
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Sometimes it really does pay to listen to, and then take, the advice of your elders.

Katie da Gama is a good example.

Hi Chris,'I took the attached photo sometime in the 1970s when Commercial Rd was being redeveloped. The facing bricks were being carefully removed from the pub's facade. But which pub was it? I remember it being near Mile End. I thought it was the Hearts of Oak, but having seen an old photo of that pub, it doesn't seem the same. Could your readers help?'Happy New Year,'Cheers,'Clare PPP-150701-111752001

Hi Chris,'I took the attached photo sometime in the 1970s when Commercial Rd was being redeveloped. The facing bricks were being carefully removed from the pub's facade. But which pub was it? I remember it being near Mile End. I thought it was the Hearts of Oak, but having seen an old photo of that pub, it doesn't seem the same. Could your readers help?'Happy New Year,'Cheers,'Clare PPP-150701-111752001

That’s her on the left hand end of the front row in the picture above.

She’s clutching a famous law book called Presumed Guilty by Michael Mansfield QC. It was awarded to her, along with other prizewinners at South Downs College, Waterlooville, in 1992.

Katie is the grandaughter of Yvette Pearcey, of North End, Portsmouth, who sent me the picture and says that originally Katie chose the college to study drama.

She says: ‘She was advised to study law and sit an entrance exam to enter Cambridge.

Chris,' The pub could be the Country House Tavern pictured being demolished on the right of the photograph. As can be seen, it was opposite the ABC cinema in Commercial Road. PPP-150701-111803001

Chris,' The pub could be the Country House Tavern pictured being demolished on the right of the photograph. As can be seen, it was opposite the ABC cinema in Commercial Road. PPP-150701-111803001

‘She followed the advice and won a scholarship to read law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.’

She loved her years there, according to Yvette, and today she lives in Dublin having married an Irishman and has two young daughters.

‘She has become a partner in a law firm, loves her work and will always be grateful for the advice she received at South Downs,’ adds Yvette.

And I wonder what happened to the other winners of 1992?

My colleague Bob Hind was quick to suggest an answer to Clare Ash’s pub poser earlier this week.

That’s her black and white picture here.

She couldn’t remember the name of the pub being dismantled in the 1980s, but thought it might have been in the Commercial Road/Mile End area of Portsmouth.

Bob is pretty sure it could be the Country House Tavern which was opposite the old ABC cinema.

However, and there’s always a ‘however’, isn’t there?

John Tanner believes it was The Lord Nelson which he says ‘stood proudly alongside the Jewish cemetery in Commercial Road, Mile End, an area in which I was brought up until 1958 when I moved to North End with my parents’.

He adds: ‘I used to be able to boast I could name every pub along the main road from Alexandra Park to the shopping centre and beyond.’