Destruction, both natural and of a more sinister kind

Memories of the 1987 'hurricane' which destroyed this tree at Southsea
Memories of the 1987 'hurricane' which destroyed this tree at Southsea
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

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This is the result of the terrific storm that blew across the south of England on the night of October 15/16, 1987.

Thousands of trees were toppled across The News circulation area including this massive specimen on the corner of Pier Road and Duisburg Road, Southsea.

Bomb damage at Portsmouth Harbour station

Bomb damage at Portsmouth Harbour station

It was a never-to-be-forgotten night and it was only through luck that it happened during the night or more loss of life would have occurred.

Taken from Southern Way-Wartime Southern, we see a burned-out carriage at Portsmouth Harbour Station after a raid on August 12, 1940. The roof supports were painted black and white for better vision in the blackout. In this raid four trains were destroyed and the Isle of Wight landing stage was wrecked.

One man was killed.

I’m trying to find locations of photographs taken for The News book Smitten City. The original caption for the picture says the bomb crater was on the Wymering estate. Does anyone know exactly where?

The scene on the Wymering estate, Portsmouth, after the Luftwaffe had passed over

The scene on the Wymering estate, Portsmouth, after the Luftwaffe had passed over