V for victory, but location of street party is a mystery

This picture is believed to show a VJ party in 1945, but can you identify this Portsmouth street?
This picture is believed to show a VJ party in 1945, but can you identify this Portsmouth street?

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The triumphant V for victory signs say it all. But can readers help John Toman identify the Portsmouth street in which this picture was taken?

John has sent me all three of these pictures taken between the end of Second World War in 1945 and the Queen’s coronation eight years later.

Children on Coronation Day 1953 in the Buckland area of Portsmouth

Children on Coronation Day 1953 in the Buckland area of Portsmouth

He thinks the photograph of dozens of mainly women and children was taken in August 1945 to mark VJ Day – Victory in Japan Day – because everyone looks so summery. There’s even a man on the left without shoes.

John, of Botley Road, Burridge, near Fareham, said: ‘The only clue to identify where this photo was taken is the church steeple in the background. I was brought up in Landport, but I don’t recognise it.’

Everyone looks delighted...except the dog on the extreme left with its nose in the gutter.

The other two pictures, he says, were taken at a Coronation Day party in 1953 in Herbert Terrace, a cul-de-sac of only 25 houses, just off Sultan Road and between Wingfield Street and Nelson Road, Buckland, Portsmouth.

The shot of the children includes John and his two brothers Michael and Stephen. The other includes his mother, Hilda.

John has provided as many names as he can remember for the Coronation Day pictures.

Mothers and children, l to r: Mrs Parham, Mrs Flood, Mrs Fellows, Mrs Davis, Hilda Toman, Mrs Musselwhite, Mrs George, Mrs Dines, Mrs Madgwick, Mrs Wearn.

Front: Jean Parham and baby, Melvin Davis, ? Musselwhite, Linda Dines.

Photo of the children: back row, l to r: Maureen Rogers, Paddy Flood, Jimmy Wearn, ? Musselwhite, Brian Davis, Michael Toman.

Second row from the top: Terry Dines, Bobby Madgwick, John Toman, Irene Fellows, Marianne Davis, ? Musselwhite.

Second row from the front: Les Davis, Roy Madgwick, Linda Dines, Jack Flood, Keith Emmet.

Sitting: Stephen Toman, ? Musselwhite, Marianne Flood, Trevor Davis, Melvyn Davis, Roger Wearn, Tony George, Linda George, ?, R Jerram.