Eastney beach in the 1940s

Eastney beach c1947. costen.co.uk
Eastney beach c1947. costen.co.uk
THEN: Full of life and shops galore  the eastern end of Highland Road in Edwardian days with Kassassin Street on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Snapshot of life in Edwardian Portsmouth

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In this photograph of Eastney beach we can see many men in suits with hats, collars and ties.

Not a thing out of place and yet the sun seems to be shining down.

It’s about 1947 and one man has taken the plunge and is walking across the pebbles with a full swimsuit on and perhaps a few others are changing in the tents alongside the prom.

In the distance can be seen the Royal Marine Barracks with two large towers alongside Eastney Fort East.

Eddie Wallace tells me they were used for radar antenna and were later used at Fraser battery. Eddie also tells me that the hut in the middle distance was used by the Special Boat Squadron and their canoes.