THIS WEEK IN 1985: Mystery pink prints cross Guildhall Square

City Council staff were baffled by a mysterious trail of pink hand prints which appeared across Guildhall Square (5940-1)
City Council staff were baffled by a mysterious trail of pink hand prints which appeared across Guildhall Square (5940-1)
THEN: Looking north through Hilsea, 1984. You may not think this scene has changed much, but look at the 2018 photograph and see the difference. Picture: Anthony Triggs

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City Council staff were baffled by a mysterious trail of pink hand prints which appeared across Guildhall Square.

Nobody knew where they came from, or who made them.

A council spokesman said: ‘We think that they have been painted rather than chalked and they go right across the square.

‘The first time people saw them was when they came in to work yesterday.

‘It is quite incredible to think of how the prints got there, because it must have taken a long time to paint them.

•Pictured: Pink handprints leading from Portsmouth and Southsea station to the Portsmouth Polytechnic School of Architecture and inspected by architecture students Lynsey Smith, left, Brian Dawes and Barbara Howes.