On this day in 1975, Roger Daltrey, the lead singer with The Who, gave an interview to The Times in which he said: ‘This country must be the worst in the affluent western world for looking after its kids.
‘When I was on location in Portsmouth with Tommy there was a huge council estate with one little youth club for what seemed like 10,000 kids. Is it surprising that they walk around the streets breaking windows?’
The previous summer the ageing enfant terrible film director, Ken Russell, had filmed The Who’s rock opera Tommy in the Portsmouth area, infamously burning down South Parade Pier, Southsea, in the process.
On that day, June 11, 1974, as the flames spread, Russell said: ‘We shall probably have to find another set’ – John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.