Sign of the times: a memory of the Tricorn

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Seen on the fo'c'sle  of HMS Implacable are Portsmouth Sea Rangers in 1937. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are in the middle. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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Here’s a sign which will bring back memories for many of you.

This historic piece of Portsmouth’s history goes under the hammer next month after the building to which it was attached went under the demolition hammer eight years ago.

It’s one of two original acrylic Tricorn ShopCentre signs dating from 1966 and it comes up for sale at Nesbit’s auction rooms in Clarendon Road, Southsea, on December 7.

In good condition, this authentic piece of 1960s memorabilia measures 14ft by 4ft and is designed to be lit fluorescently.

The sign features in Celia Clark’s book about the pioneering brutalist shopping centre designed by Owen Luder and Rodney Gordon: The Tricorn Life and Death of a Sixties Icon (Tricorn Books £19.99).

The other sign is to be donated to Portsmouth City Museum, which is planning an exhibition about the Tricorn in 2014 – 10 years after its demolition.