Santa sailed into grotto escorted by pirate Kay

The Landport Drapery Bazaar float containing Father Christmas arrives at the Commercial Road store with Kay Britnor on board dressed as a pirate
The Landport Drapery Bazaar float containing Father Christmas arrives at the Commercial Road store with Kay Britnor on board dressed as a pirate
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Sandra Smith’s recent trip down memory lane in the company of staff from the old Landport Drapery Bazaar store in the heart of Portsmouth, prompted Kay Britnor to raid her albums.

She came up with all the pictures on these pages today which were taken between 1960 and 1963.

Kay was a member of the department store’s display team – those who dressed all the windows fronting Commercial Road and Arundel Street.

But as she says, they were also responsible for other eye-catching projects.

‘We made the Christmas grotto for Father Christmas and the float which transported him to the store.

‘One year, probably 1962, it was a galleon manned by pirates and the display team sailed the ship through Commercial Road.’

In those days there was an annual Miss LDB beauty contest which, as Kay points out, would not impress the politically correct brigade today.

It was only open to LDB staff who were encouraged by their department to take part.

Kay won the event in 1962 and represented the store for the following year.