Last Thursday I published this photograph of a street party somewhere in Portsmouth in 1945 and asked if anyone could tell me the location.
As ever I found someone who not only knew the street but is in the picture. She is Sandra Luen-Price (née Kimber) now of Petersfield. Considering rationing was in force, the tables are laden with goodies, no doubt home-made. At the far end of the road is George Street School.
Sandra says the party was in Carnarvon Road which the Kelly’s Directory of the time says was in Buckland. Sandra believes one side of the street was in Buckland, the other in Copnor. At the top is New Road.
Sandra’s family lived at 60 and her aunt, Rose Dinnage, at 23. she’s on the left holding the baby, her daughter Shirley. The child sitting fourth on the left of the table is Jacqueline, Sandra’s sister. Next to her at fifth is Sandra aged four. On the right, the woman in the white apron is another of Sandra’s aunts, Louise Bulbeck. Four down from her the top-hatted man is Sandra’s father, George. Louise Bulbeck’s husband Frank died in 2017 aged 101. While the photo was taken Sandra's mother, Violet, was indoors giving birth to another daughter, Christine.
If anyone would like to make contact with Sandra she would love to hear from you on 01730 711347.
• Gareth Derbyshire has asked me to remind you of a remembrance service to HMS Royal Oak at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, this Saturday at 11am. The battleship was sunk at anchor in Scapa Flow, Orkney, on October 14, 1939, and 843 officers and men, including more than 100 boy seamen, were lost.
• Michael Vincent found this memorial plaque in a neighbour’s garage to Henry William Smith. He lived at 7, Barnes Road, Fratton, with his parents. Aged 18 and just five weeks before the Armistice, Henry was killed at Loos on September 5, 1918.
He is commemorated at the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, with 20,606 others who died when taking a German strong point at the Battle of Loos. At midday tomorrow Michael will be at the Portsmouth War Memorial alongside the Guildhall to lay flowers in memory of Henry who has no surviving relatives. He invites you to join him.
• Tony Davis, of Baffins, owns the final picture, one of the homes of Portsmouth councillor Charles Brown.Tony says it was on the west of the A3 just past Gales brewery. Cllr Brown held an annual summer party there for the children of Portsmouth. The house was called either Horndean or Bramdean House and it may now be under the new A3M. Is it still standing?