Rolling back the years

IT'S ME! Eddie Harmer, 77 spots a picture of himself at school in a newspaper cutting. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122843-6)
IT'S ME! Eddie Harmer, 77 spots a picture of himself at school in a newspaper cutting. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122843-6)
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As Eddie Harmer scoured through the old photos at the Catherington Then and Now exhibition, he was delighted to find a picture of himself at school in 1945.

Mr Harmer was just 10 years old when he was captured in the photo taken as his school celebrated VJ Day.

The 77-year-old, from Cosham, said: ‘My family was originally from this area and I was born here.

‘I come back here to see if there’s anyone I know, and this time I found this photo for the first time.’

The event, held for the fourth time at Catherington Church Hall on Catherington Lane, puts old photos, books and newspaper cuttings on display, showing the village’s history.

Organiser Sara Schillemore said: ‘It gives people the chance to meet and to have a chat. We’ve even had people meet here before who then found out they were related.

‘There’s a great deal of interest in the books, some of them are 500 years old. Luckily we have a lot of support from the vicar who allows us to bring them out and show them.

‘We get quite a few people come through here to see the displays.’