Portsmouth architects drawn to reunion

Pram-pushers reunited
Pram-pushers reunited
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

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Eight graduates of the Diploma in Architecture course at Portsmouth Polytechnic and their wives recently met for lunch at the Still and West, Old Portsmouth, to celebrate 50 years since the start of their studies. They came from an area spanning Southsea to Texas.

Three hours flew by as they relived memories from the 1960s and 1970s, including the infamous Stweek Pram race during Rag Week, raced between South Parade and Clarence piers. The architects set themselves up as a relay team, unlike the other competitors who quickly became exhausted. There was nothing in the rules to suggest you couldn’t have a relay team, and that’s why they won.

Pictured are (l to r): Dave Brown, Terry Ansell, Viv Frazer, Nev Churcher, Pete Hockaday, Maz Churcher, Rod Frazer, Maggie Brown, Gwyther Joyce, Owen Short, Clare Ash, Loretta Joyce and Adrian Ash.