Getting home by bike

Dockyard workers on their way home in 1958 in Edinburgh Road
Dockyard workers on their way home in 1958 in Edinburgh Road
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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With no time to stop for lunch, tea or even a quick cup of coffee at the Swiss Cafe in Edinburgh Road, the first priority of these dockyard workers is to get home at the end of another long day.

The sight of thousands of workers, pictured on a wet day in 1958, cycling to and from the dockyard was a familiar one at the beginning and end of every working day.