Farewell my lovely

Friend and sweethearts saying goodbye  to sailors departing on HMS Suffolk. Pitch House Jetty PPP-141217-115103001
Friend and sweethearts saying goodbye to sailors departing on HMS Suffolk. Pitch House Jetty PPP-141217-115103001
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Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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In this moving photograph from 1928 we see friends and relations of sailors about to depart in the heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk from Portsmouth Dockyard.

In the foreground a sailor can be seen hugging his sweetheart.

I wonder how long he was away for?

There is one thing wrong with the original caption for the photograph – it claims that it was June.

With the sailors in sea jerseys and black tops to their caps it can only be a winter scene.

Also, all the women are wearing winter coats.

Whatever, it is a lovely scene re-enacted so many hundreds of times on Portsmouth’s dockyard jetties over the years.