Coronation day fancy dress
on long-gone Portsmouth street

Jean Davies(left)  in the bomb-damaged garden of their Ivy Street, Portsmouth, home in 1948
Jean Davies(left) in the bomb-damaged garden of their Ivy Street, Portsmouth, home in 1948
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Jean Davies sent me pictures from her Portsmouth childhood which might stir memories for some of you.

She grew up in Ivy Street, Somers Town, which disappeared to make way for Winston Churchill Avenue.

In the picture above she is the little girl on the left alongside her cousin Norma, who is being inspected by Jean’s mum.

The picture was taken in 1948 and shows bomb damage still remaining in the garden.

The photo of the Ivy Street children in fancy dress was taken on coronation day in 1953.

On the right hand end, dressed as a bride, is Jenny Smith. Next to her, as a harem girl, is Phylis Farrah.

The two girls in the centre posing as the Bisto Kids are Shirley Ward and Joyce Baker while to their left is Pearl Cronin. On the far left, wearing the grass skirt, is Jean’s sister, Barbara Frazer.