Making Us Proud

Making Us Proud

Dad inspires his girl to take on the Great South Run

A DEVOTED daughter is following in her fitness-loving father’s footsteps after his cancer diagnosis rocked their family.

Mollie Martin, also known as 'nanny Mol', received lots of birthday cards. Picture: Tamara Siddiqui.

100th Birthday: Mollie Martin

Mollie Martin is a Gosport girl through and through and, as she celebrated becoming a centenarian this month, she spoke of the reason behind her longevity – her big, loving family.

Southsea-based soulmates Simon and Keira moved in together one month after their first date. Picture:

Wedding: Simon Jacobs and Keira Messingham

It was their love of darts that brought them together and their love for each other which led to a wedding for Southsea-based soulmates Keira and Simon Jacobs.

Jaida-Lou Carter, nine, during her performance 

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Competition hots up to be named this year’s Instant Star

PEOPLE from around Portsmouth demonstrated that they have definitely got talent at last night’s Instant Star contest.

Sid and Vera Fellows celebrated their platinum wedding on the same day as Sid's 95th birthday.

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Driver of the last Hayling Billy train celebrates 95th birthday and platinum wedding

It’s pretty special to celebrate your 95th birthday after a lifetime full of achievements, surrounded by loved ones at a party. But Sid Fellows, ex-serviceman and driver of the very last train to grace the Hayling Billy line at Hayling, celebrated another landmark on the same day – 70 years of marriage to his one true love, Vera.

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LOOK, NO HANDS Mary Chant lets the rope take the strain  Picture: Andy Ritchie

Lawyer aims high to raise 
cash for cancer charity

LAWYER Mary Chant conquered her fears and abseiled 100m down the Spinnaker Tower to help cancer patients.

Fred and Dreda Knight celebrated 60 years of marriage at their retirement home in Southsea last Thursday

Diamond wedding: Fred and Dreda Knight

When Fred Knight booked a room at the Grand Metropole Hotel in Blackpool some 60 years ago, he had no idea that he would meet the love of his life, who was staying just down the corridor.

Soulmates Emma and Neil Patterson met six years ago and had their first date at Gunwharf Quays. Picture:

Wedding: Emma Downs and Neil Patterson

They spend time apart and they’ve battled an illness – but what might seem like things that could break them have only made this Gosport couple stronger and more appreciative of what they have together.

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Lewis Smith, 15

‘I had life-saving brain surgery - now I dream of musical success’

When Lewis Smith suffered headaches, doctors thought he had concussion after a clash of heads while playing football.

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Maureen and Colin Jacobs from Gosport celebrated their anniversary with a party at the Court Barn Conservative Club

Diamond wedding: Colin and Maureen Jacobs

He wasn’t looking for a partner – but when a young Colin Jacobs saw Maureen Baldwin in 1952, he just knew she was the one.

Joan and Victor Freeman celebrated 70 years of marriage with their family, including their four children, pictured here

Platinum wedding: Joan and Victor Freeman

In 2006 The News reported on Joan and Victor Freeman’s diamond wedding. Ten years on and the couple from Widley have just celebrated their platinum wedding and are still going strong.

Staff from sponsor Lalys Pharmacy at last year's awards

Lalys Pharmacy supports The News Best of Health Awards for sixth year

THEY have shown their support to The News Best of Health Awards for the past five years – and this year is no different.

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Watch: ‘Now I have a reason to wake up in the morning’

Erin Barstow was just 12 when she began self-harming.

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Apprentice Catherine Waite

Praise from MP for young people learning on the job

AN MP has spoken of her pride in young apprentices.

Jackie and Phil celebrated at home in Fareham with family and friends

Silver wedding: Phil and Jackie Hilliker

They met when they were children and got into a relationship as teenagers, but soulmates Phil and Jackie Hilliker went their separate ways for some years before fate brought them back together.

Matt and Cathy recently married at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. Picture:

Wedding: Cathy and Matthew Hall

Cathy and Matthew Hall spent their first date listening to the sound of a fire alarm – but it was all worth it because three years later they heard wedding bells when they married in the company of 70 friends and family members.

BRAVE Big Brother winner Craig Phillips with friend Laura after abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower

Big Brother star Craig Phillips joins Spinnaker Tower charity abseil

THE dizzy heights of the Spinnaker Tower proved no problem for a former Big Brother star turned DIY guru.

Portsmouth in Bloom winners at the awards night

All smiles at Portsmouth in Bloom awards night

Bright flowers, colourful grounds and horticultural havens were celebrated at Portsmouth in Bloom.

Laurie Brokenshire and family after their sponsored sea swim

Fareham grandad swims along coast after cancer diagnosis

A devastating diagnosis of terminal cancer did not deter family man Laurie Brokenshire from completing a sponsored swim.

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Determined David, from Portsmouth, completes first marathon in wheelchair

Hard-working and determined David Williamson is always pushing his limits to raise money for charity.

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