GOING OUT: Six great things to do in the next 48 hours, April 24 and 25

What’s on in the Portsmouth area

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Rehearsals for Hedda Gabler by The Bench, April 2018. Picture by Jacquie Penrose PPP-180504-122002006

WHAT’S ON: Your weekly guide to going out – Friday, April 13 to Thursday, April 19, 2018

What’s on where in the Portsmouth area in the coming week

Whats on

IN PICTURES: People who have made The News

Each day our photographers are out and about across the Portsmouth area capturing images of events and the people who make them tick.


IN PICTURES: Spring into life

After that long, cold and dank winter our natural world is at last showing signs of reviving.

Health and safety approved: Alex Naylor as Nelson wearing  his life jacket on the Thames in 2004 to promote the following year's Trafalgar 200 events in Portsmouth. 'Picture: Steve Reid

NOSTALGIA: Battle of Trafalgar fought under health and safety rules of engagement

Last month’s announcement of the death of Alex Naylor prompted George Wyllie to send me a 21st century take on the Battle of Trafalgar, ‘fought’ under modern health and safety rules.


Titfer tat: Portsmouth school’s Easter bonnet parade

There was a riot of colour and an abundance of magnificent creations as a Portsmouth school went Easter bonnet crazy.


IN PICTURES: Purbrook school’s dance marathon

Going to school had never been so much fun.

Simon Hart's impression of how a figurehead of the Queen might look.

NOSTALGIA: Should the nation’s figurehead have one created for HMS QE?

Earlier this week I published a series of pictures from Graham Stevens capturing Sir Alec Rose’s triumphant return to Southsea in 1968 after his solo round-the-world voyage.

The loss of HMS Eurydice during a squall.

NOSTALGIA: Ghostly sightings of Portsmouth frigate lost in snowstorm 140 years ago

The enormous rock topped by an anchor is the largest memorial in the cemetery. It ought to be, for the event it commemorates marks one of the blackest days in the Royal Navy’s history.

Two legends - Peter Knight and John Spiers appear at the Ashcroft, Fareham, on Wednesday.

GOING OUT: Six things to do in the next 48 hours, March 20 and 21

Your quick guide to what’s on in the Portsmouth area

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Lively Lady amid the  welcome-home flotilla of 400 small vessels off Southsea.'All pictures: Graham Stevens

NOSTALGIA: Home to Portsmouth and a hero’s welcome

Yachtsman Alec Rose received a hero’s welcome as he sailed into Portsmouth after his 354-day round-the-world trip.

Tom Glover's mid-1970s' photograph of the remains of the old Gosport ferry Viva.

NOSTALGIA: A year in the life of an old Portsmouth wreck

I have trouble remembering what I had for breakfast, so I am always astounded by the length, and accuracy, of readers’ memories.

The 1964 intake of Dockyard apprentices who built the old woman's shoe, of nursery rhyme fame, for Southsea Carnival.

NOSTALGIA: Were you one of these Dockyard apprentices?

In the 1960s Portsmouth Dockyard was the largest employer in the area. Three times a year hundreds of youngsters left school at 15 to start life as apprentices, many in the ‘yard. The largest groups were the fitters and turners and the electricians followed by the shipwrights.

West Side Story by UPDMS PPP-180103-182411006

GOING OUT: Six things to do in the next 48 hours – March 8 and 9

Your quick guide to what’s on in the Portsmouth area

Whats on
Lewis Morgan meeting King George VI at the FA Cup final in 1939. PPP-170427-115858001

NOSTALGIA: Pompey FA Cup winner’s medal for sale

Pompey fans with a few thousand pounds to spare might be interested in an auction next week.

Demolition of the generating rooms in 1982. Geoff Witte recalls: 'All roads around the site were closed and the dust cloud resulting from the falling debris floated like a blanket over Old Portsmouth. By 1983 all signs of the building had disappeared.'

NOSTALGIA: Sandwiches 100ft up as legs dangled over edge of Portsmouth chimney

On Sunday, March 20, 1977,the Central Electricity Generating Board disconnected Portsmouth’s contribution to the National Grid, ending 83 years of electricity generation.

Seen on the fo'c'sle  of HMS Implacable are Portsmouth Sea Rangers in 1937. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are in the middle. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: Legendary founders of scouting for boys and girls visit Portsmouth

February 22 would have been the birthday of the man who brought boy scouting and girl guiding into existence.

Regulars at this Leigh Park night club completed a five-mile walk in fancy dress in 1985.

NOSTALGIA: Leigh Park clubbers’ sponsored walk

The people in this picture will probably be amazed that it was taken more than 30 years ago – in 1985 to be precise.

White Hart Road, Old Portsmouth in the 1950s.

NOSTALGIA: Coal-fired power station which once dominated Old Portsmouth

Further memories today associated with the atmospheric picture here of White Hart Road, Old Portsmouth, in the 1950s.


NOSTALGIA: Calling all ex-pupils of a Portsmouth school

It is about half a century since they said farewell to their school and now they are planning a reunion.

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