Sun set on the Portsmouth Empire

Programme for the last week at the Empire, Portsmouth. Price 3d.

Programme for the last week at the Empire, Portsmouth. Price 3d.

The George Hotel, Queen Street, Portsea: the tiling below the left hand ground floor window has the inscription Jewell & Sons Ale, a unique survivor of this former Portsmouth brewery.
Pictures: Steve Wallis/Amberley

Pub life: new book charts history of Portsmouth’s watering holes

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August 25, 1958, was the start of the last week of entertainment at the Empire Theatre, Portsmouth.

It was in Edinburgh Road where Iceland now is.

Eighteen acts were on the bill including the daring Heaven – billed as The Six International Nudes comprising Lake & Rose, Colleen Laine, The Girls and Models. I doubt they were completely naked but does anyone remember seeing them?

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