Walk right through, but please mind the mini lake

Bill Ford's picture of the 'shanty town' at Milton Locks
Bill Ford's picture of the 'shanty town' at Milton Locks
The Purbrook team are, left to right, Jon Harvey, Elizabeth Norris and Peter Emmett

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Purbrook Park is a talking success

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The A3 was closed near Butser Hill while an army bomb disposal squad dealt with uncovered wartime explosives. Twenty-four shells were blown up.

Bill Ford thought readers would like to see this picture which was taken in the late 1950s.

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He describes it as the ‘shanty town’ at Milton Locks, Milton, Portsmouth, on land behind The Thatched House pub.

Bill says: ‘You will note the sign states that you can walk through, however I think the floods would negate that when I took the photo .

‘Behind the shacks on the right were houseboats moored all along the Langstone harbour shore.’

Barry McNie has just found an old school report from 1932 belonging to his late father Gordon when he attended Esplanade House School, Southsea – also known as Chivers College.

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It was in Cottage Grove and the headmaster at that time was John Tribe. ‘As you can see from the report,’ says Barry, ‘he was an ordinary pupil coming 26th out of 40 boys in the monthly examination.’

Gordon (pictured below) became a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and was entitled to the Arctic Star medal which Barry applied for on behalf of his mother.

Barry says: ‘The Arctic Star Medal which was awarded after the lengthy campaign by The News and the late Eddie Grenfell finally arrived.

‘ Unfortunately my mother Eve, as a widow of a veteran of the Arctic Convoys died last September aged 91 a week before the medal came through the post.’

The Arctic Star is given to those who served in the Arctic Circle, delivering supplies to the Soviet Union, primarily through the ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.

Winston Churchill once described their passage through the Arctic at the mercy of German forces, as the ‘worst journey in the world’.

Barry adds: ‘Time is running out for the recipients and their widows, so it is imperative the government speeds up the process of issuing the medal.’