Street identified

The location of this VJ party has been named as Lower Derby Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth
The location of this VJ party has been named as Lower Derby Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth
The telegram received by William Halls mother  still upsetting to read 78 years on.

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: Curse of the telegram: Dear Mrs Hall – your son is dead

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Many thanks to all of you who quickly solved the question I posed last week about this end-of-the-war party.

John Toman, who grew up in Landport, Portsmouth, but now lives at Burridge, near Fareham, did not recognise the street and wanted readers’ help.

As many of you pointed out, it was Lower Derby Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth. The big clue was the steeple of old St Mark’s Church, in the background, on the junction of Derby Road and London Road, North End.

Andrew Knight, who lives in Lower Derby Road, said the house on the left is number 86 with the single storey building next to it being two lock-up garages and a collection of garage/workshops doing car repairs.

Opposite, he says, is the opening to a builders’ yard that extended behind 81 to 91.

Andrew adds: ‘Unfortunately 1945 is six years before I was born. I moved into the street direct from St Mary’s Hospital and I’m still living in the same house.

‘My grandparents and mother moved in post-war with my dad joining in March 1950 after marrying my mother in St Barbara’s Church on Whale Island.’

He could not recognise any of the faces in John’s picture but reckons there must have been a few members of the Loan, Hawkins, Doyle, Nuttall and Stares families in the crowd, ‘not to forget Mrs Bunn from number 70 (the first flat-fronted house on the left)’.