Video memories of 1960s Portsmouth

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For some they swung. For others the 1960s marked the beginning of a social revolution which would change not only the way we lived, but also how and where we lived.

Now, that momentous decade has been brought back to life on a DVD showing rare film footage of Portsmouth from the years that gave the city everything from the Beatles to the Tricorn.

Somers Town, Portsmouth

Somers Town, Portsmouth

Woven between the film shot in the city and newsreel clips, are many photographs taken from the archives of The News which will stir many memories.

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After the devastation left on Portsmouth by the bombs of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, the 1960s saw a new city emerge from the rubble.

Slum clearance combined with those air raids got rid of much of the old city centre rows of terraced houses built largely to house Dockyard workers.

In their place rose the tower blocks that dominate the heart of Portsmouth to this day.

They gave people homes in the sky, but they also brought their social problems. On this page we see the new blocks soon after completion at Somers Town and Landport.

And, of course, there was the Tricorn – the concrete edifice which was either loved or hated, but which certainly gave Portsmouth some distinction or, perhaps, notoriety, depending on your viewpoint.

The DVD, compiled in conjunction with The News is called Portsmouth in the 1960s, and it has footage of nights out at the Birdcage in Eastney Road and the Parlour. Remember them?

You can watch pedestrians dodging traffic in Commercial Road, see people taking their first trip on a hovercraft and their last on a trolleybus.

And, of course, there was the music. The Beatles at the Guildhall and the bizarre sight of Cliff Richard playing at St Jude’s Church, Southsea.

The DVD, which comes with a bonus disc The Way We Were At War, costs £15.50. To order call (023) 9262 2207. It’s also on sale at News offices at Lake Road, Portsmouth; West Street, Havant; The News Centre, Hilsea; West Street, Fareham; High Street, Gosport.

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