Pier-less entertainment

The theatre on South Parade Pier and, below, Jack Leon and his All Star Broadcasting Orchestra on the open-air stage at the end of the pier.

The theatre on South Parade Pier and, below, Jack Leon and his All Star Broadcasting Orchestra on the open-air stage at the end of the pier.

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South Parade Pier, Southsea, has been bought with the promise of recapturing its glory days. What a bonus that will be if it happens.

Before the 1974 ‘Tommy’ fire there were two stages – the theatre stage and the end-of-the pier open air stage. Many of you will recall those heady days when famous names appeared at the theatre and the Miss Southsea beauty contest was held on the open stage.

The end-of-the-pier show. The stage at the  open-air  part of the pier. PPP-150119-105334001

The end-of-the-pier show. The stage at the open-air part of the pier. PPP-150119-105334001

On warm summer evenings dances were held under the stars. Dinner dances (remember them?) were also held in the theatre with everyone sitting around the edge of stage after the meal had been served.

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