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THIS WEEK IN 1976: David is a guinea pig in Portchester mud

There had to be better ways of spending a cold morning February, than being dragged, stinking and very dirty, from the mud of Portchester Creek.

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Celebrating their birthdays in the Environmental Medical Unit, Gosport, where they were part of a gas effect experiment, are, front left to right, MEM Graham Patterson, REM Patrick Hanson and REM Stephen own. Looking on are Tom McAuslin, Robert Smith and Graham Sexton

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Birthday ‘party’ a real gas

Having their cake and eating it in unusual surroundings, three Royal Navy

trainees cut their coming-of-age cake while nearly isolated in a research unit at the navy’s medical school, at

Alverstoke.

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A pod of dolphins.

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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NOSTALGIA: The submarine that sank twice

On June 1, 1939, the submarine HMS Thetis was lost in Liverpool Bay during an accident while on diving trials.
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Not some far flung island but Port Creek alongside Eastern Road, Portsmouth, earlier this week. I counted more than 50 plastic bottles along with other man-made filth.

NOSTALGIA: 'Seeing those poor animals made me feel sick'

I am sure most readers remember the days before everything came in plastic. The butcher wrapped the weekly joint in greaseproof and then crisp, white paper. Cheese from the provisions counter came the same way and was placed in a white paper bag.
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Hidden signage revealed after sixty years''.

NOSTALGIA: What on earth did this mean?

Fiona Rosen e-mailed me about this sign recently unveiled when the former Co-op bank on the corner of Commercial Road and Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, was demolished.

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THIS WEEK IN 1975: Props consortium could save groups

A survival plan for local amateur entertainment groups whose existence could have been threatened by inflation, was put forward by June Parry, the wardrobe mistress of Waterlooville Musical Players.

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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

The long-awaited Southsea reunion between David Curwen and the mother he thought had died nearly did not take place.

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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.

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Artist Jean Tayler talks to her therapist Shirley Mungapen about her paintings

THIS WEEK IN 1975: For her, success is something special

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THIS WEEK IN 1975: Shoplifting is just ‘one of life’s perks’

A lack of moral teaching in the home was largely responsible for an increase in shoplifting by children, Portsmouth’s Crime Prevention Officer told a meeting of newsagents.

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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.

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Margaret Thatcher is greeted by newsmen as she leaves her Chelsea home

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Portsmouth ‘loyal’ to Margaret Thatcher

Conservative workers in the greater Portsmouth area pledged their loyalty and support to the new leader of the party Margaret Thatcher.

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THIS WEEK IN 1975: Worries over pupils’ lunchtime drinking

Lunch-hour drinking by schoolchildren in Havant was causing particular concern to the borough’s magistrates.

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Bishop's Waltham.

NOSTALGIA: Trafalgar dead remembered

To this day Horatio Nelson is held in great esteem by naval personnel and civilians alike.

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The Purbrook team are, left to right, Jon Harvey, Elizabeth Norris and Peter Emmett

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Purbrook Park is a talking success

With humour and eloquence, a team from Purbrook Park School achieved their second triumph in the Rotary International Youth Speaks competition when they won the group round at Oaklands School, Waterlooville.

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The junction of Southwick Hill Road and London Road, Cosham, with a tram passing over the  bridge. Not a traffic light to be seen. Picture: GA Tucker

NOSTALGIA: Cyclist v tram in 1930s Portsmouth hill climb

Pictured in the early 1930s we see a tram passing over the bridge which crosses Southwick Hill Road at Cosham.

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One of the  more unusual rafts competing in the race was this Volkswagen Beetle

THIS WEEK IN 1975: ‘Water-beetle’ seen on Southsea beach

Southsea had seen some strange flotsam arrive on its beach before – but never a floating Volkswagen.

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Nearly at the top for Vivien Carey as she climbs up the wall to the veranda of the Still and West

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Poly pirates ahoy!

Ahoy there, me hearties.

It had been a while since the old Still and West pub had seen such nefarious goings on, until a horde of pirate lads and lasses scaled the walls with ropes and ladders to capture the strategic drinking post nestled at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.

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A pod of dolphins.

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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