When fresh coffee arrived on a motorised tricycle

High Street, Cosham, with the primary school on the right, about 1930 PPP-140320-170233001
High Street, Cosham, with the primary school on the right, about 1930 PPP-140320-170233001

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Big crowds for the big band sound

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Maureen Westall has spent all her life in the Cosham and Drayton areas of Portsmouth.

She raided her family albums for all the nostalgic pictures here today, which end with one of her on parade in the Cosham carnival of 1935.

On the right is a shot of High Street, Cosham, looking south to the level crossing gates.

On the right of the picture is the wall of the old Cosham primary school at which Maureen (née Johnson) was a pupil. According to her records, the picture was taken in 1930.

Immediately below, and almost opposite the school, is a marvellously atmospheric picture of Threadingham’s the grocer’s with its distinctive motorised delivery trike.

Maureen, of Lower Drayton Lane, Drayton, recalls: ‘It was a marvellous shop which today would be described as an up-market deli. I can still see the big red coffee grinder and smell the ground coffee it produced.’