Read all about it! Legendary city centre News seller would have been 100 tomorrow | Nostalgia

I know that my late father, Jack Hind, is well-remembered.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 7:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th June 2020, 7:48 pm
Legendary seller of The News Jack Hind, who would have been 100 tomorrow (June 27).  Picture: The News archive
Legendary seller of The News Jack Hind, who would have been 100 tomorrow (June 27). Picture: The News archive

He was an Evening News seller from 1954 until he died in 1984. Tomorrow would have been his 100th birthday.

His last pitch was in Commercial Road precinct and down the years he had stands at the dockyard main gate, Portsmouth Harbour station and The Hard.

In the early 1960s he was the highest-selling news vendor. Mind you, he had two sons Arthur, and some scallywag called Bob, to assist.

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A young lad dressed as Nelson as part of a fancy dress parade on Southsea Common, 1953. Picture: Alan Cunningham collection

During the war he spent four-and-a-half years in Port Said and Alexandria, Egypt, as part of the dockyard workforce sent out from England to repair shipping which had been damaged in action.

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A band parade on Southsea Common for the Queen's coronation in 1953. Picture: Alan Cunningham collection

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The winner of the coronation fancy dress competition on Southsea Common in 1953. Does anyone recognise him? Picture: Alan Cunningham collection
In April 1975 HMS Collingwood received the Freedom of the Borough of Fareham and celebrated with a parade through the town. Picture: The News archive