A recent article in The News about Portsmouth children visiting the House of Commons inspired Kay Hopkins (née Francis) to dig out this 1953 picture of pupils from Penhale Road Girls’ School, Fratton (later Kingston Secondary Modern), on their trip to the ‘Mother of Parliaments’.
Kay was 15 and she remembers being allowed to sit on the Speaker’s chair.
The girls were on their way to Stratford-upon-Avon for a week’s holiday in a youth hostel. Kay believes the visit was arranged by history teacher Mrs Jackman in conjunction with Portsmouth West MP Brigadier Terence Clarke. Kay is in the front row seventh from the left (with the handbag) and Mrs Jackman is in the back row fifth from the right.