To those who lived through the Second World War and are remembering its ending in Europe today, the contraption above will send shudders down the spine.
For those too young to have seen one, you will have certainly heard its wail during the credits to Dad’s Army.
It was an air raid siren – once heard never forgotten, especially if you lived in Portsmouth during the blitz.
Its doom-laden warning sent the population rushing for cover whether under the stairs at home or to shelters either in the garden or in public ones in nearby streets.
Today’s pictures to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day were discovered in The News archive and have not been published for many years.
They were taken in Portsmouth and the surrounding area and are as fresh today as they were 70-plus years ago.
I’ll publish more on Monday.