Guildhall royal approval

The Queen cuts the ribbon to re-open the restored Guildhall, Portsmouth, in June 1959
The Queen cuts the ribbon to re-open the restored Guildhall, Portsmouth, in June 1959
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

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German incendiary bombs destroyed the roof and interior of the Guildhall, Portsmouth, on January 10, 1941.

The building was rebuilt after the war at a cost of £1.5m, using war compensation funds, and on June 8, 1959, the Queen performed the re-opening ceremony accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.