Teds reunited at Fareham – minus the drapes and drainpipes

Teddy Boys outside the Maytree Cafe, Fareham in the late 1950s. John Spencer is on the far right
Teddy Boys outside the Maytree Cafe, Fareham in the late 1950s. John Spencer is on the far right

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Regular readers with long memories might recall my story here in 2009 about this picture of Teddy Boys.

The Natty Nine were posing outside the Maytree café, Fareham in the late 1950s, their regular haunt

Fifty-five years on - Arthur Joy (left) and John Spencer on the site of the old Maytree cafe at Fareham PPP-140907-114343001

Fifty-five years on - Arthur Joy (left) and John Spencer on the site of the old Maytree cafe at Fareham PPP-140907-114343001

The photo came from John Spencer, of Redlands Lane, Fareham, who is on the far right. He wondered what became of his old mates.

That cutting from The News eventually made it to Adelaide, South Australia, and through the letterbox of one of those likely lads, Arthur Joy.

It had taken six months, but that cutting inspired Arthur to return to his old stamping ground in October 2012 for a reunion with John. The second picture here captures that meeting on the site of the café at the junction of Maytree Road and West Street.

Before emigrating, Arthur lived in Oak Road, off Gudge Heath Lane. And he is now making another trip to Fareham next month.

To mark the occasion John has organised a social evening and reunion for all the old Fareham Teddy Boys and Girls.

It’s at the Jolly Miller pub in Miller Drive, Fareham, from 7pm on Saturday, August 23.

John says no tickets are needed, simply turn up. There will be music by the aptly-named band Second Time Around.