Portsmouth’s foaming fountain in honour of the silver Queen

FOAM The Commercial Road, Portsmouth, fountain under construction in 1977. Picture: Chris Brunnen cjbphotography.co.uk
FOAM The Commercial Road, Portsmouth, fountain under construction in 1977. Picture: Chris Brunnen cjbphotography.co.uk
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Believe it or not we go back 39 years for the two pictures here.

It was 1977, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year, and the fountain in Commercial Road marking those 25 years was under construction.

PAIGE GIRLS The picture that prompted Joan Murphy to recall her days in the 1950s and 60s working in the Paige shop, Commercial Road, Portsmouth. It was taken by Chris Brunnen in 1977 and features two men selling the Socialist Worker. But behind them on the right is Paige, the womens fashion shop.

PAIGE GIRLS The picture that prompted Joan Murphy to recall her days in the 1950s and 60s working in the Paige shop, Commercial Road, Portsmouth. It was taken by Chris Brunnen in 1977 and features two men selling the Socialist Worker. But behind them on the right is Paige, the womens fashion shop.

Photographer Chris Brunnen, who was at art college at the time, took the pictures showing three newspaper sellers . He’s now posted them on the Do You Remember...In Portsmouth Facebook page.

According to posters on that site, the seller of The News was Bill Grief and as you can see the main news of the day was: ‘Injured worker gets £1,000 from city council.’

But it is the fountain which attracted most comment with readers recalling the times it was filled with washing up liquid with the resulting foam cascading out of the fountain into Commercial Road and Arundel Steet.

Chris’s second picture was taken a few yards away in Commercial Road and shows two men selling the Socialist Worker.

Who remembers Paige’s dress shop in the background?