Pictures from the Past opens up our archives

THE WAY IT WAS  Albert Road in Southsea in 1988

THE WAY IT WAS Albert Road in Southsea in 1988

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LOCAL life in all its glory has been caught on camera for more than 100 years by the first-class photographers of The News.

Many of those pictures, capturing the highs and lows, the triumphs and tragedies, fill thousands of packets on the shelves of our editorial library.

But, from tomorrow, we will start sharing hundreds of them with you as we launch our new Pictures from the Past collector’s series.

Every Saturday over the coming months we will be printing eight pages of photos from stories gone by, many of which will not have appeared in print since they first graced the pages of this newspaper.

We will be taking our pictorial stroll down memory lane in alphabetical order, with the first edition tomorrow containing a wide range of subjects under the letter A, from air raids and accidents to animals and allotments.

Reader research has shown us that our daily Remember When features by Chris Owen, along with Bob Hind’s pages in The Weekend magazine are very popular.

So Pictures from the Past will add to your enjoyment and we encourage you to collect the whole series until we finish the alphabet.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘You could easily lose yourself for hours rooting through the photos in our library. We have always prided ourselves on the pictures we carry in the paper and our archives capture every slice of local life.

‘Trawling through them recently I thought it was such a shame that they lay in packets on shelves rather than being shared with readers – and so Pictures form the Past was born.

‘On top of the traditional diet of news and sport we carry on Saturday and our great Weekend magazine, these extra eight pages add even more value to what we offer for the perfect read for the weekend.’

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