On July 20, 1951, Princess Elizabeth visited the city. First, she went to the Nuffield Centre in St Michael’s Road, which was used by naval officers and their families. It’s now owned by the University of Portsmouth.
If you want a book that is violent in the extreme, shines a light on corruption in amateur boxing, the bullyboys of remand homes and approved schools brought down a peg or two, and of the hard times of living in Portsea after the war, this is the book for you.
Pubs were, and still are, a landmark wherever you live. Looking back at some of the places we drank brings back fond memories of nights out, darts, cribbage and dominoes, bands or just chatting up girls.
Returning to my lunchtime meeting with several former Evening News reporters, Tim King, a one-time defence correspondent, told me of the time he managed to get a short interview with new prime minister Ted Heath.
To read somebody else’s letters is always seen as the height of being nosy, but a new book by local author David Bickerton is just that, letters written during the war between two sweethearts – his late parents Don and Linda.