Memories of Clarence Pier

Ernest Humby (far left, front row) with colleagues on Clarence Pier, Southsea
Ernest Humby (far left, front row) with colleagues on Clarence Pier, Southsea
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Your memories of 150-year-old Clarence Pier, Southsea, keep coming.

Today, it’s Mike Jones, of Telford Road, North End, Portsmouth, who sent us this photograph of his grandfather, Ernest Humby and fellow workers on the pier.

He and his brothers were painters and decorators in the city for many years and here is Ernest (kneeling on the left hand end of the front row and wearing a trilby) surrounded by his workmates.

Mike says that on the back of the picture his grandmother had written: ‘Taken on Clarence Pier as they finished up.’

He adds: ‘It must have been taken before 1936 as that’s when he died, aged 54. His brother James is sitting next to him.’