THIS WEEK IN 1984: Forest blaze ruins 10 acres of Havant trees

Thousands of pine trees were destroyed when flames roared through Havant Thicket in the first spectacular forest fire of the year – reducing 10 acres of trees to ashes.


THIS WEEK IN 1984: Navy defends nums over playtime row

The navy came out in defence of its mums and children at Paulsgrove in a rumpus about playground rowdies.

HM Submarine  P556  is berthed at (as it was then ) Fort Blockhouse. Wrens are pushing the torpedo. (Mike Nolan coll.)

NOSTALGIA: Wrens show the boys how to do it

The original Royal Sailors’ Rest was located along Commercial Road, Landport, until the night of January 10, 1941, when it was razed by the Luftwaffe.

Lt-Cdr Ian Latimer with the stained glass window he made for Haslar Hospital

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Stained glass gift for Haslar Hospital

A magnificent stained glass window was created for the Royal Navy Haslar Hospital, Gosport, by a man who learned the skills only one year earlier.

Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Give me the facts says worried mum

A young Leigh Park mother with two disabled children was fighting to break down information barriers.

Ted Smith, 84, shares a pint of Watney's Brown Ale with his friend Billy

THIS WEEK IN 1984: Who’s a boozy boy? He’s a boozy boy

Every lunchtime Ted Smith and his friend Billy settled down for a quiet pint together.

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?
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: PoWs forced to cut height of Portsdown Hill

Believe it or not these two pictures were taken at the same place.

A draft plan showing the proposed new town at Whiteley

THIS WEEK IN 1983: Sweeping plans unveiled for Hampshire’s newest town

Plans for a new town to be built in the Fareham area on green belt land just north of the western wards were unveiled by Hampshire County Council.


THIS WEEK IN 1983: Youngsters win national chess title

Abandoned and awaiting their fate, here we see the former HM Submarines Tiptoe, left,  and Artemis in Pounds' yard, Portsmouth.  'Picture: Roger Allen Collection

NOSTALGIA: Veteran sub tiptoes to breaker’s yard

I expect many of you passed the John Pounds’ scrapyard at Tipner when entering the city via the M275 and, on glancing to your right, saw two submarines awaiting their fate.


THIS WEEK IN 1983: Whitehall ‘no’ to amusement centre

News of an official thumbs down for a Fratton Road amusement arcade was greeted as a victory by planners and ward councillor James Patey.

The closure of the eastbound section of the M27 from Fareham to Cosham brought traffic almost to a standstill at every junction of the Delme Roundabout at Fareham during the evening rush hour

THIS WEEK IN 1983: Angry drivers on misery road again

Thanks to Derek Howard we can now locate the position of the Royal Marines Light Infantry bathing pool and, inset, the original picture of the pool. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: Site of marines’ pool at Gosport

I recently published a photo of the bathing pool used by the Royal Marines Light Infantry at Gosport and asked if anyone knew where it was. Derek Howard sent me this map showing its location.

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With long gunnery gaiters and sword bayonets fixed to their rifles, we see marines changing guard just inside Eastney Barracks' main gate. 'Robert James Collection

NOSTALGIA: Were these Portsmouth marines being punished?

Last Tuesday I published this photograph of what I suggested was the changing of the guard inside the main gate of Eastney Barracks. I asked if anyone could tell me the type of headwear the marines were wearing. Of course, someone could.

Relatives of men who died in the Sir Galahad, visit the Welsh Guards memorial at Fitzroy

THIS WEEK IN 1982: Falklands pilgrims near end of journey

More than 500 relatives of the servicemen killed in the Falklands began the final stage of their pilgrimage to the South Atlantic.


THIS WEEK IN 1983: City council defends Victoria Park plan

Controversial plans to enhance Victoria Park were defended by the Portsmouth City Council leader John Marshall.

Southsea firemen John Balderstone, left, and Chris Palmer with Bengy, the dog they rescued from a blaze

THIS WEEK IN 1983: Woman and dog saved in home fire

Here we see more of the men who made the bricks that formed our city. (Jim Randall.)

NOSTALGIA: Can you ID Portsmouth brickfields workers?

Further to my recent article on the brickfields of Portsmouth, Jim Randall sent me this family photographs from about 1920.

Marine Derek Tomsett, left, pictured with the captain of HMS Victory Lt Cmdr Charles Addis

THIS WEEK IN 1983: On-the-ball marine saves baby girl’s life

Quick-thinking marine Derek Tomsett was the toast of friends on board HMS Victory after he saved the life of a baby girl.

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