THIS WEEK IN 1971: Ark Royal heads for Mediterranean

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Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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A pilot’s-eye view of the mighty HMS Ark Royal (43,600 tons), pictured as the ship left Portsmouth Harbour at the start of a Mediterranean deployment this week in 1971.

Members of the ship’s company line the deck and Phantom and Buccaneer aircraft are neatly arrayed in ceremonial order