NOSTALGIA: It seems like only yesterday – when petrol was just 9p a litre  

In 1984, a former sub-editor at The News, Anthony Triggs, went about taking then and now photographs to produce his book Portsmouth  –  Past and Present. 
Glynn Edwards as Dave, the landlord of the Winchester Club in Minder

NOSTALGIA: Portsmouth connection to Minder’s Winchester Club

I had to laugh when I saw a report in The News about parking in the right direction after dark. Cars must be parked with the tail lights facing oncoming traffic. Anyone remember when street lights used to go off about 10.30pm? Cars had to have lights on but car batteries were not great and many different forms of lighting were used.
HNMZS Achilles, a veteran of the battle of the River Plate. After the war she was sold to India and was finally broken up in 1978 when 55 years old.

NOSTALGIA: Twenty-nine dead in Portsmouth Dockyard explosion

I am grateful to Archie Malley of the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historic Trust (Support group) for reminding me of a terrible accident in the dockyard 75 years ago next Friday, June 22.
HMS Victorious leaves Portsmouth Harbour some time after 1958 as she has the angled flight deck that was fitted between 1950 and 1958.

NOSTALGIA: One of Portsmouth’s finest leaves harbour

Seen departing Portsmouth Harbour is HMS Victorious, one of the most famous aircraft carriers of her time. 
No saving their bacon  Pigs arriving at Point from the Isle of Wight for slaughter.

NOSTALGIA: Pigs to the slaughter in Old Portsmouth

Three of the photographs here come from the collection of Mike Nolan who was born and grew up at Point, Old Portsmouth, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area.

The table in the Royal Oak pub, Fishguard where the surrender was signed.

NOSTALGIA: French invaders rounded up by woman with pitchfork

Showing the cramped working conditions for submariners here we see six torpedo tubes inside the preserved Royal Navy submarine Otus. Thirteen of the Oberon class boats was decommissioned in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Otus was scrapped at John Pounds’s yard, Tipner, Portsmouth, but was saved.

LBK6 leaves Portsmouth  on May 10, 2007.  Picture: Mike Nolan.

NOSTALGIA: D-Day floating kitchen leaves Portsmouth

Here’s a question. How were the troops fed when the invasion of Normandy was taking place?

An amphibious DUKW as used by Adam to distribute arms over sea and land.

NOSTALGIA: Civilian who ended up on D-Day beaches running an arms race

Although never recorded there was one civilian on the D-Day beaches 74 years ago this week. He was Adam Macleod, an ordnance specialist, now 99 and living at Gosport.

Seen passing Idsworth Chapel last Saturday is class Black Five 45212 at the head of the Cathedrals Express heading for Portsmouth Harbour.'Picture: Paul Costen.

NOSTALGIA: Steam returns to east Hampshire countryside

Last Saturday the Cathedrals Express travelled from Victoria station to Portsmouth and then on to Salisbury. Unfortunately the steam locomotive could not be turned and had the ignominy of travelling tender first to Salisbury at the rear of the train hauled by a support diesel.

The entrance to Victoria Barracks. 'All the buildings have been demolished although the gate remains.' Picture: Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: Wrens’ entrance to old Portsmouth barracks

The photograph I posted last week of one of the gates to the former Victoria barracks in Old Portsmouth was seen by Alan Hudspeth. It was taken at the junction of Victoria Avenue and Pembroke Road.

The paddle steamer Whippingham showing her lifeboats seen alongside Portsmouth Harbour landing stage we see the Whippinghams lifeboats.

NOSTALGIA: Crewman recalls a paddle steamer tragedy in the Solent

We are lucky that we do not hear of too many people falling overboard from the many ships that enter and depart Portsmouth Harbour.
The letter of commendation from the Southern Railway management. It took two months to send it.

NOSTALGIA: We had more backbone during the war

Do you remember last year when a Second World War bomb was found in the harbour mud and much of southern Portsmouth was closed down?
Saint Roger's halo didn't slip when he gave me interview

Saint Roger's halo didn't slip when he gave me interview

While writing this article on Tuesday news came through that Roger Moore had died.
Commander Denys Arthur Rayner DSC; RNVR 1943

NOSTALGIA: The ship that graced the silver screen in many guises

On seeing my article last week about the son et lumiere and the mention of the 1953 naval war film The Cruel Sea, Mike Nolan of Paulsgrove tells me that the ship that played the part of HMS Saltash Castle was in fact a wartime corvette named HMS Portchester Castle. 
The railway viaduct hit by HMS Crocodile. The Crocodile hit the viaduct on the curve, parallel to the bows of the grey coloured vessel.

NOSTALGIA: The day Crocodile took large chunk out of Harbour viaduct

I am grateful to Mark Newman who has informed me of an incident in Portsmouth Harbour back in the Victorian era of the Royal Navy. 
The grave of the Wilkinson girls. The Wilkinson sisters and baby Tony lie at rest together in Kingston cemetery.

NOSTALGIA: The six sisters wiped out in a shocking tragedy of war

In my second book Portsmouth, City of Gallant Hearts, I told the story of the seven Wilkinson sisters. Six of them lived at 16, Cowper Road, which ran between Manor Road and St Mary’s Road, Fratton.  It is now just a cul-de-sac.

NOSTALGIA: Anyone know who owns Portsmouth forts?

Brian Granfield has dropped me a line regarding the East and West Forts which are either side of the former Royal Marine Barracks at Eastney.
A pod of dolphins.

NOSTALGIA: Dolphins in Portsmouth Harbour     

There have been many sightings of dolphins and porpoises off Southsea but one reader once saw the mammals close up. 
Not some far flung island but Port Creek alongside Eastern Road, Portsmouth, earlier this week. I counted more than 50 plastic bottles along with other man-made filth.

NOSTALGIA: 'Seeing those poor animals made me feel sick'

I am sure most readers remember the days before everything came in plastic. The butcher wrapped the weekly joint in greaseproof and then crisp, white paper. Cheese from the provisions counter came the same way and was placed in a white paper bag.
A naval trio. Bob, on the left as a new recruit along with his father and brother.

BOB HIND'S NOSTALGIA: Buffer's Hong Kong perks

Robert Frederick Jones of First Avenue, Farlington, Portsmouth, joined the Royal Navy on October 5,1964 as an Ordinary Seaman. He followed his father, Frederick William Jones, into the Gunnery Branch.
Load more
Get daily updates Sign Up