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Monkey Island, an attraction that was in Hayling Island boating lake  in the 1930s.
Monkey Island, an attraction that was in Hayling Island boating lake in the 1930s.
Craig Jenkins and his son Graham at HMS Sultan  Picture: PO Phot Nicola Harper

Families enjoy quality time at HMS Sultan fun day

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Do you recognise these cheeky monkeys? This photo was taken on Hayling Island in the 1930s at the boating lake on the seafront.

The Dot to Dot art group has been awarded £41,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to put together a social history of Hayling and it is using this quirky photo as a starting point to get people talking about the past. The project is one of four in Havant which have been awarded grants totalling more than £140,000 from the fund. Melanie Stow, from Dot to Dot, says: ‘My colleague remembers it and I have a vague recollection of going there in the 1960s.

‘We managed to dig out this photo but we know little else about it. That’s what we’re hoping to find out.’

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