Tripping the light fantastic for the city’s celebrations

All lit up for Pompey in 1932.  Picture: Paul Costen
All lit up for Pompey in 1932. Picture: Paul Costen
The junction of London Road, North End, and Gladys Avenue, 1976.

NOSTALGIA: Another one bites the dust: do you remember Rumbelows?

0
Have your say

Wouldn’t it be great if Portsmouth’s buses could be decked out in similar festive garb in time for this weekend’s derby against Saints?

Mind you, how many bulbs might remain by Sunday teatime is anyone’s guess.

A tram decorated for the jubilee of George V and Queen Mary

A tram decorated for the jubilee of George V and Queen Mary

This Play Up! Pompey tram was dressed overall in 1932 – you can just make out the date between the words Up! and Pompey.

Decorated trams and buses were a novel way to publicise events in the city. Many were photographed and pictures subsequently sold as postcards.

At Christmas 1933 a tram was festooned with 2,024 bulbs to help the lord mayor and corporation wish everyone season’s greetings.

Another card by WG and L Long, of the North End Studios, shows a tram decorated for the jubilee of George V and Queen Mary, while a trolley bus features the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Even the senior service didn’t lose out, with one tram advertising Navy Week.