When George Madgwick came to see me to help clear up a previous Remember When query about horses in Portsmouth, he brought with him a series of marvellous family pictures.
The Madgwick family has been synonymous with horses through much of the last century, a tradition which continues to this day.
George says: ‘Grandfather William, who was known as Old Pots, started with the horses and trolleys doing haulage to and from Portsmouth and Fratton goods yards for distribution around the town.
‘Later his four sons, George, Jack, Lenny and Sidney came on board and expanded into fruit and vegetable door-to-door deliveries all around the Portsmouth area.’
He adds: ‘At weekends the younger children would show jump or drive traps in local gymkhanas.
‘Three of the younger children, all brothers, became jockeys winning races on all the local race tracks. Their father Michael still trains racehorses successfully at his Denmead stables.
‘His younger brother Kevin is renowned for his coaches and horses, doing weddings, funerals, prom nights and other occasions.’
Here are the first of George’s pictures. More next week.