Summer weather grabs the headlines

News readers could visit The Beatles Story in Liverpool
News readers could visit The Beatles Story in Liverpool
One of the  more unusual rafts competing in the race was this Volkswagen Beetle

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Elsewhere in that special edition of The News, there were reports of various other D-Day 50 events which had happened in and around Portsmouth earlier that day.

As ever, it was the summer weather which grabbed the headlines. It was awful.



We carried pictures of the Queen Mother covered with a tartan blanket sitting alongside Princess Anne in a stand at Whale Island while watching the Beat Retreat.

The United States Air Force Band in Europe played in torrential rain and high wind for just 1,000 spectators on Southsea Common.

For Buckland lad Douglas Gorman, 19 that day, it was a birthday he would never forget.

He, as the button boy, collected the Queen’s shilling from the Queen Mother for climbing to the top of a mast in a mast-manning display at Whale Island.

Apart from readers’ D-Day memories, the letters page that day, carried a couple about the saga of those with homes in Southampton Road, Paulsgrove, which Tesco wanted to buy to build its North Harbour superstore.

The Newsreader Club was promoting a two-day trip for readers to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story in that city’s historic Albert Dock.

Comedian Mark Lamarr and legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner had just played the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.

While at the cinema Four Weddings and a Funeral was playing at the Cannon, Cosham, and the Odeon, North End, Portsmouth, along with Schindler’s List.

In sport, Hampshire’s Robin Smith was run out for 78 in the first test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge with Graham Gooch scoring 210 and Mike Atherton 101. And Pompey’s Alan McLoughlin left his Hampshire home to join Jack Charlton’s Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup in the United States.