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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. 
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Rotting: PS Solent in a sorry state.

NOSTALGIA: Sad end for a D-Day veteran

I wonder how many of you can remember a day out to the Isle of Wight taking the paddle steamer PS Ryde across the Solent? 
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Rotting: PS Solent in a sorry state.

NOSTALGIA: Sad end for a D-Day veteran

I wonder how many of you can remember a day out to the Isle of Wight taking the paddle steamer PS Ryde across the Solent? 
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One of the Shipp fruit and veg shops at 10 and 12 Meadow Street, Landport, in 1986.

NOSTALGIA: Murder, drug barons and the SAS, a new novel set in Portsmouth

Last Monday I published a photograph of the Shipp family at their fruit and veg stall in Charlotte Street. I said one of the women in that picture was Pansy Shipp the daughter of the founder of the company.

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It now  seems odd to think the power station once overshadowed the Camber. Picture: Bob Thompson

NOSTALGIA: When giant chimneys overshadowed Old Portsmouth

If you told someone who is less than 40 years old this was the sight that once greeted you when you walked around the Camber, Old Portsmouth, they would probably be amazed.

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Hell never know what he missed... Paul Weller might have had Bob Hind as his Style Council drummer.

NOSTALGIA: ‘I could have been Style Council’s drummer’

Here is a poster which will strike a chord with many of you as you recall the voice of Petula Clark and the madcap antics of Benny Hill.

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The wonderful Charlotte Street market in 1986.  Picture: Bob Thompson

NOSTALGIA: Charlotte Street remembered

I just know that when you view the photograph above you’re going to say: ‘Oh look, Charlotte Street, just as I remember it.’

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The coronation street party in Moulin Avenue, Southsea, 1953.

NOSTALGIA: Oi Bert – turn that light out or I'll shoot it out!

My feature about Bert's Café on Southampton Road, just about where Portsmouth merges with Portchester, produced a bumper postbag of your memories, so many that they have spilled over into a second week. So here, as promised, are more of your recollections.
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The doctors car under the wheels of a five-plank wagon. He escaped with minor injuries.

NOSTALGIA: Doctor’s car crushed by Portsmouth goods train

Drainage must have been a problem in the 1920s if this photograph is anything to go by.

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Audrey Jeans in her pomp. Picture: Dave Dennings Collection.

BIG READ: Sid James died in Audrey’s arms

Danny La Rue and Harry Secombe went to her wedding, she lived next door to Francis Rossi and Sid James died in her arms.

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Pictured in the 1930s is Christina Hirst and her troop of sea scouts. The photo was believed to have been taken in the front room of her house in Nelson Road, Buckland, Portsmouth.

NOSTALGIA: Sea Scouts posed in Buckland front room for troop picture

You may have noticed the name Robert James in my column as he lends me many postcards from his vast collection.

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A packed Canoe Lake area in Edwardian days. It might have been a Bank Holiday perhaps. Note the carriage in St Helen's Parade.

NOSTALGIA: Wanted – a room with a view of crowded Southsea beauty spot

The picture above comes from Robert James and I was hoping to retake it from about the same window, but so far I have not managed it.

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Jenny, centre, with Rear Admiral Martin Weymess on her right as we look as we look at the picture.  Picture courtesy Tom Brierley

NOSTALGIA: Hong Kong Jenny, the legendary ‘buffer’ of the fleet in Far East

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Jenny and her side party of girls who used to board naval ships in Hong Kong and ‘do’ for the ships’ companies.

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When throat tablets were made on site. Postlethwaites chemist at 131, Fawcett Road, Southsea.
Picture: Barry Cox collection PPP-180102-144638001

NOSTALGIA: Frog in the Throat lozenges – hand-made while you wait

Today, if you have a sore throat you pop to the chemist for a packet of Tunes.

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Bikers at Bert's Cafe at Portchester

NOSTALGIA: Bert's wacky racers went for a spin in bid to beat juke box

I mentioned Bert’s cafe in an article last week and the number of readers who contacted me about the establishment was amazing. It was liked, even loved, by so many an affection which appears to remain.
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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Way Out West, 1937

NOSTALGIA: Starter for 10... when did these two appear in Portsmouth, and where?

In this Edwardian photograph we are looking west along Marmion Road, Southsea, from Victoria Road South.

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The last official tot on board the royal yacht Britannia on July 31, 1971.

NOSTALGIA: Last rum tots on royal yacht

The photograph I published a couple of weeks ago of HMS Ark Royal sailors taking their last tot of rum on the carrier reminded John Stockham of his last tot when it was poured in the royal yacht Britannia on July 31, 1971.

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Bob Hind's daughter Ursula in 
the Comfort television ad.

NOSTALGIA: Ursula proves that softness is a thing called Comfort – even at 40

These days when people talk about going to see a movie they use the phrase ‘catch a film’ at a cinema.

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Commercial Road, Portsmouth, about 1953.

NOSTALGIA: Full of atmosphere – Commercial Road in the 1950s

This is Commercial Road as I remember it – in about 1953 – although I was only four or five at the time.

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Jimmy Armfield.

NOSTALGIA: Armfield's Pompey memories

With the loss of Jimmy Armfield, the former Blackpool and England full-back, we see the loss of not only one of the greats in football from a time now long gone but also the departure of yet another of the 1966 World Cup squad.
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