Church arson attack

The Ritz, Gosport
The Ritz, Gosport
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Meanwhile, police were investigating an arson attack which damaged St Mary’s Church at Fratton.

There had been a break-in and thousands of pounds damage caused to the historic building in St Mary’s Road.

Cilla Black

Cilla Black

The fire-raiser got into the sacrament chapel where he severely damaged the altar.

Also in this edition of The News, we reported that nearly 3,000 Hampshire children would be starved of free school meals when new government legislation came into effect the following year.

That evening on television a Portsmouth woman and her sister were reunited with old school friends by Cilla Black on her show Surprise, Surprise!

Vivienne Capone, of Church View, Milton and her sister Valerie from Worthing, were stunned when their classmates appeared in the studio having been secretly flown in from the United States.

And prime minister Margaret Thatcher was about to get a report from home secretary Douglas Hurd on street riots involving Portsmouth youths in Derby earlier that week.

The ugly scenes overshadowed the Second Division football match between Derby and Pompey.

Twenty youths were arrested by Derby police who blamed thugs from Portsmouth for ‘orchestrating’ an attack on an Afro-Caribbean community centre.

In what it called a Mad March Bonanza, Renault dealer Liningtons, of Milton Road, Portsmouth, was advertising car of the year, a Renault Savanna, for £7,790 or a Renault 5 Rio from £4,795.

Bob Monkhouse’s electronic bingo game Bob’s Full House was on BBC1 along with American detective series Cagney and Lacey while The A-Team and Bobby Davro were on ITV.

At the cinema The Mission, staring Jeremy Irons, was showing at the Cannon, Commercial Road, Portsmouth, and The Ritz, Gosport.