Teddy Boy’s drape is still looking good

Teds on parade in Somers Street. From the left Hugh Finnega, Micky Hoskins and Eddie Rowlands.Below
Teds on parade in Somers Street. From the left Hugh Finnega, Micky Hoskins and Eddie Rowlands.Below

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Big crowds for the big band sound

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When a customer turned up at Paul Costen’s Waterlooville shop with photographs he wanted cleaned, Paul immediately thought of me and e-mailed me these pictures.

I then got in touch with the owner, Hugh Finnegan, who at the time the photographs were taken lived at Somers Street, Southsea. He now lives in Southbourne, near Emsworth, and he told me the pictures were taken on May 17, 1957.

ted girls''Teddy boys and girl  in Southsea. L-R  Pete Thornton - Phylis Layden - Hugh Finnegan. The lady to the rear is   Mrs Becky Archer and the boy to the right is  her son Terry.

ted girls''Teddy boys and girl in Southsea. L-R Pete Thornton - Phylis Layden - Hugh Finnegan. The lady to the rear is Mrs Becky Archer and the boy to the right is her son Terry.

Teddy Boys got their hook from the Edwardian-style draped jackets they wore. Always immaculately dressed with polished shoes or chukka boots, the Teddy boy soon received a bad name for causing trouble. Although not all were of that ilk, they were unfortunately all tarred with the same brush.

The boys, from left to right in the main picture, were Hugh then an apprentice plumber and Micky Hoskins, who was called up shortly after the picture was taken into the Grenadier Guards.

On the right is Eddie Rowlands who was also called up and joined the army. After a few months he broke a leg and returned home for three months before rejoining his unit. Hugh managed to escape conscription because he was an apprentice plumber.

Where are these two boys now? Hugh has not seen them since they joined up.

ted miriam''Hugh's wife Miriam poses in  his 1957 Teddy boy suit. 3 inch turn-ups and waistband.

ted miriam''Hugh's wife Miriam poses in his 1957 Teddy boy suit. 3 inch turn-ups and waistband.

Hugh says the suit cost him 14 guineas (£14.70) and was bought from Dennis Lee in New Road, Portsmouth.

In the photograph taken on the corner of Somers Street and Somers Road, we see a group outside Pets Corner. The owner was a Mr Freshwater. From left to right are Pete Thornton, Phyllis Layden and Hugh.

The woman in the background to the right is Becky Archer and the lad to the right with the cricket gear is her son Terry.

The road leading up to the garages at the cul-de-sac end is Somers Street and behind the camera the street continued across Somers Road to a junction with Green Road.

In 1961 Hugh married his sweetheart Miriam and they moved out of the city. They bought their present home in Southbourne in 1976 and have remained there since.

Hugh still has his Teddy Boy suit in immaculate condition. He asked his wife to pose in it for me and the result can be seen here.

It was purchased from Burton Montague on the corner of Commercial Road and Meadow Street. Made to measure, it took six weeks to make.