The Portsmouth Mission Hall that became a boys’ club after the war

GIANT When I first published this picture, shot from Highland Road and looking down Prince Albert Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, I asked if anyone could explain the apparent giant emerging above the old Royal Mail van. Thanks to Dave Quinton, all has now become clear...  He says: The guy is standing in the back of a contractors lorry. Wessex road repairs and Tarmac contractors had yellow-bodied vehicles with black lettering and were around for many years and may even still be going.
GIANT When I first published this picture, shot from Highland Road and looking down Prince Albert Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, I asked if anyone could explain the apparent giant emerging above the old Royal Mail van. Thanks to Dave Quinton, all has now become clear... He says: The guy is standing in the back of a contractors lorry. Wessex road repairs and Tarmac contractors had yellow-bodied vehicles with black lettering and were around for many years and may even still be going.
jpns-22-07-17 retro July 2017

Sea rescue - Leading Aircrewman Diver Chris Crossley winches one of the teenagers to the safety of a Solent search and rescue helicopter.

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Helicopter rescues three from sea

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Thanks go to one of Remember When’s most avid correspondents, Eddie Wallace, for his help in answering a question I posed earlier this week.

What, I wanted to know, was the long, hall-like building in the picture above? It was taken from the junction of Highland Road and Prince Albert Road, Eastney, Portsmouth.

AMERICAN The picture of Portsmouth Harbour showing the old floating bridge and what is now believed to be an Amercian heavy cruiser, either USS New Orleans or USS Tuscaloosa

AMERICAN The picture of Portsmouth Harbour showing the old floating bridge and what is now believed to be an Amercian heavy cruiser, either USS New Orleans or USS Tuscaloosa

Eddie recalls it was originally an old Mission Hall and adds: ‘When I returned to the City Police Force after the Second World War I restarted Eastney Boys’ Club in that building with good cooperation from local traders. I persuaded the vicar of St James’s Church to become our chairman and the manager of Lloyd’s Bank, Eastney Road, to be our treasurer.

‘At that time, 1945/46, the road was Prince Albert Street and changed to Prince Albert Road at its junction with Devonshire Avenue.’

Eddie continues: ‘I closed the Boys’ Club in 1949 as the Portsmouth education department opened a boys’ club in Reginald Road School with far better equipment.

‘I transferred to Cosham police station where I became a committee member of the well-known Hillside Boys’ Club.’

HAYSTACK My picture of the once hugely popular annual festive haystacks display at Horndean prompted Tim Bennett to date it to the mid-1980s. He says: I worked for the farmer, Stan Whitcombe, in the 1970s and the houses in the background werent built then.

HAYSTACK My picture of the once hugely popular annual festive haystacks display at Horndean prompted Tim Bennett to date it to the mid-1980s. He says: I worked for the farmer, Stan Whitcombe, in the 1970s and the houses in the background werent built then.

NAVYS FUTURE This picture was taken in the dining hall at HMS St Vincent, Gosport, before Christmas leave in 1963. How many of you recognise yourselves? Thanks to Pete Lawrence for e-mailing it to me

NAVYS FUTURE This picture was taken in the dining hall at HMS St Vincent, Gosport, before Christmas leave in 1963. How many of you recognise yourselves? Thanks to Pete Lawrence for e-mailing it to me