THIS WEEK IN 1997: Queen leads royals in Britannia’s farewell

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Portsmouth to lead a royal farewell to the ship which had served them for 44 years.

One of the town's Christmas trees

Events team ‘disgusted’ after vandals wreck Waterlooville Christmas lights

FESTIVE cheer in Waterlooville took a hit after callous vandals destroyed a set of lights.

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In Kingston Cemetery a salute is fired over CPO Leas grave while a bugler plays the Last Post.

NOSTALGIA: What did sailor do to deserve a full naval funeral in the city?

These two photographs show a funeral taking place in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth.


THIS WEEK IN 1996: Police send pubs pictures of thugs

A police policy which saw the distribution of criminals photographs to pubs, clubs and schools in Portsmouth was extended.

Captain Peter Nicholson, centre, leads his crew in celebration. From left, back row, Ken Glover, Terry Short, Mike McCutcheon and Jaffer Dharamsi. Front row, Nick Horst, Captain Nicholosn, and senior first officer Gary Queen

THIS WEEK IN 1996: Coastguard helicopter to stay put thanks to ‘people power’

The government decided the coastguard helicopter at Lee-on-the-Solent should stay put at Daedalus.


NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: 'I'd like the one at the top please,12th along from the <span>left'</span>

NOSTALGIA WITH BOB HIND: 'I'd like the one at the top please,12th along from the <span>left'</span>

With the loss of so many butchers in Portsmouth, scenes such as this have been well and truly consigned to the history books.
Wimborne Road athletics team, 1951/52.

NOSTALGIA: Portsmouth teacher who was admired because HE HAD A CAR!

Wimborne Junior and Infants Schools at Southsea have spent much of the past year celebrating their centenary.


THIS WEEK IN 1996: Southsea beaches miss out on blue flag

A public meeting was called to explain why Southsea beach continually failed to win a coveted blue flag.

Clockwise from bottom left, Yvonne Kingston, Sarah Ellis, Sgt Andy Matheson, Ch Insp Mick Mitchell, Det Con Darius Hemmatpour, and Sue Gotts with Gosport police station's new charter mark

THIS WEEK IN 1996: ‘Fair play’ police receive top award

Gosport police were celebrating a top award for the quality of the service they delivered to the public.

A 1903 picture showing 'Point A on the Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway where two former horse tram cars acted as shelters.
Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Hidden Portsmouth steps revealed, 107 years after they fell into disuse

I make no excuses for returning to the former Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway – the tram route from Cosham over Portsdown Hill to Waterlooville and onward to Horndean.

Arch Deacon with his petiton against mixed-sex wards

THIS WEEK IN 1996: Proposals to end mixed-sex wards

Plans were being drawn up to end the indignity of mixed-sex wards for elderly patients in Portsmouth.


THIS WEEK IN 1996: Mother’s plea - ‘be aware’ of meningitis

The distraught mother of a Portsmouth student nearly killed by meningitis made an impassioned plea to others to be aware of the signs.

The boys seem delighted to be in the photograph taken from the footbridge at Bedhampton crossing looking along New Road in the 1930s. Picture: Ralph Cousins Collection

NOSTALGIA: Queues as far as the eye could see as drivers waited at Bedhampton gates

Here we have a view along New Road, Bedhampton in the days before the railway was electrified.

Ear witness Brian Whiting identified the robber's distinctive tones

THIS WEEK IN 1996: Robber caught by his voice alone

A Portsmouth armed robber was convicted by the sound of his voice alone in the first case of its kind.


A Portsmouth butchers in the 1920s. All in the open

NOSTALGIA: Health inspectors would have had a field day at this Portsmouth butcher’s

Regular contributor to this column Stephen Payne sent me this advert for Senior Service cigarettes from 1956.

Sarah Mace, 28, left, with her sister Anne, 29

THIS WEEK IN 1996: The most precious present of all

Anne Mace was preparing to make the greatest sacrifice in the hope that her ailing younger sister , Sarah, could live a normal life.

Pupils Rory Swan, right, and Jennifer Crew with some of their cards

THIS WEEK IN 1996: Success on the cards for festive Futcher project

Seasons greetings were taking on a more personal touch at a Portsmouth special school.

The derelict remains of Poplar Farm on the edge of Stockheath Common.

NOSTALGIA: Derelict farm on estate that became Leigh Park

The picture above is a little grainy but it shows Poplar Farm on the north-west corner of Stockheath Common which is now part of Leigh Park.

Janet Cooper with her beloved retriever Trudy, left, daughter Elaine Markley and husband Frank

THIS WEEK IN 1995: Husband hunts for missing wife daily

The devoted husband of a Titchfield grandmother missing from her home for almost a week was making a daily mission to search for her.


THIS WEEK IN 1995: Patients uprooted at night to save money

Patients in their nightwear clutching personal belongings were being moved between hospital sites to save money.

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