Pier prommers dressed to the nines

Promenading on Clarence Pier more than a century ago.
Promenading on Clarence Pier more than a century ago.
On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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Remember the days when people always dressed up, rather than down like they do today?

These are promenaders on Clarence Pier, Southsea, at the turn of the last century.

Everyone is dressed for the occasion. Perhaps it was a Sunday when most people would dress in their ‘Sunday best’. I can’t see a man without a bowler, trilby, boater or cap.

No doubt the style of hat fitted his class. I can’t imagine a dockyardman wearing a boater or a solicitor in a flat cap.

The pier as these people knew it disappeared when it was bombed in the Second World War.