On today’s menu: a rare photo of legendary Portsmouth pub landlord

Charlie Hurdle

Charlie Hurdle

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One of Remember When’s most avid readers and contributors is Portsmouth popular music historian Mick Cooper.

He has sent me all today’s pictures which he hopes will intrigue you and, possibly, tease out a few names.

DEFENCE The cover of the lunch menu in which Charlie Hurdle featured.

DEFENCE The cover of the lunch menu in which Charlie Hurdle featured.

Above is what he, and I, believe is a rarity – a picture of a Portsmouth legend, Charlie Hurdle.

The picture appeared on the luncheon menu for the City of Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant, Amalgamated Licensed Victuallers’ Society.

The meal was held during the 82nd annual conference of the Licensed Victuallers’ Defence League of England and Wales. It was held at the Savoy Ballroom, Southsea, on May 6, 1954.

He was pictured, resplendent with his chain of office, as president of the area’s licensed victuallers’ society.

FEARSOME A group of Portsmouth teachers who look as though they would have put the fear of God into any child who crossed them

FEARSOME A group of Portsmouth teachers who look as though they would have put the fear of God into any child who crossed them

Older readers will know that he ran the Cumberland Tavern at Eastney, but such was his fame that most people simply knew the pub at ‘Charlie Hurdle’s’.

His name has cropped up numerous times on these pages, but this is the first picture of him I have seen.

Also here is a rather scary team picture of a group of Portsmouth teachers.

It’s probably far too old for any of you to identify any of the women, but as Mick says: ‘Great pic, great poses and faces from Downton Abbey.’

A group of Portsmouth accordion players. Are you among them?

A group of Portsmouth accordion players. Are you among them?

His final picture shows a group of accordion players in Portsmouth.

Mick has no names and guesses the man might be the husband of another Portsmouth legend, this time Madam Courtney who gave lessons and had a music shop in the city either side of the Second World War.

Perhaps some of you recognise yourselves as youngsters?

Do write and tell if you do.

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