Schneider seaplanes in Southsea

The French weekly newspaper which managed to turn Southsea into West Wittering 80 years ago
The French weekly newspaper which managed to turn Southsea into West Wittering 80 years ago
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Eighty years ago this week the final Schneider air race for seaplanes was held over the Solent.

The international event had captivated the public on the 11 occasions it had been held between 1913 and 1931.

On that last occasion it was estimated that more than 500,000 spectators thronged the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and West Sussex coastline to watch the contest which started at Calshot Spit.

The French, who won the first race, were huge fans of the competition and that contest in September 1931 made the front page of the Paris-based weekly newspaper L’Illustration.

However, can you spot the mistake?

I’m grateful to George Langton, of Dorrita Close, Southsea, for sending it.

The caption claims to show the crowd watching the event on the beach at West Wittering when, of course, it’s Southsea.

George said: ‘The course ran up to West Wittering before returning but the picture is of South Parade taken from one of the towers on South Parade Pier.

‘Note the almost new naval war memorial in the background. The highest, pointed roof, is probably of a now-demolished building at the junction of Burgoyne Road and Eastern Villas Road.’