Mayoral banquet to remember

The replaced toll gate after the original was shattered by the mare.''The replaced toll gate in 1915 after the original was leapt over by the runaway mare with the carriage she was pulling smashing it to pieces. Picture: Ralph Cousins.

NOSTALGIA: Frightened mare smashes toll gate on escape bid to Havant

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In the press there are many occasions you read of people being ill after eating contaminated food. As I have said so often in this column, there is nothing new under the sun.

Ninety years ago, at the new year’s mayoral dinner in Portsmouth, more than 80 guests became seriously ill after eating contaminated oysters.

The mayor, Frank Privett, became one of the chief sufferers. He was unwell for the next six weeks and only restored to health at the end of the following February.