Mud mud glorious mud... and there let us wallow down at Milton Locks

Pith-helmeted Harry Irwin with Binness Man - the creature from Langstone Harbour
Pith-helmeted Harry Irwin with Binness Man - the creature from Langstone Harbour
One of the  more unusual rafts competing in the race was this Volkswagen Beetle

THIS WEEK IN 1975: ‘Water-beetle’ seen on Southsea beach

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Ah, those were the days – days when nobody gave two hoots about health and safety, days when there was nothing quite like mud for cooling the blood.

These marvellously atmospheric pictures were sent to me by Joan Irwin, of Denmead.

She thinks they were taken about 1953 on the occasion of the annual regatta at the sailing club at Milton Locks, Portsmouth.

Joan remembers the event always ended with a football match on the mudflats,

And in the picture on the right her pith-helmeted late husband Harry is leading a ‘monster’ from the deep ashore in chains – a chap discovered living on Langstone Harbour’s Binness islands. Allegedly.

Happy days eh?

More memories from these events please.