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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

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Neighbours in Eastney Road, Eastney, rallied together to save their local pub The Fort Cumberland Arms from closure. They persuaded 600 people to sign a petition against it being converted into a children’s nursery.

Nathan Coleman, 36, of Tukes Avenue, Gosport – pictured – stopped a fire from starting in his neighbour Gwen Thornhill’s house after he saw smoke coming out of the window.

The close-knit village of Catherington rallied round to help refurbish their local pub, The Farmer Inn, after landlady Elaine Fields sent out a plea for help on Facebook.

Regulars at Portsea Venture Playground recreated a photo taken during the 1920s to mark 100 years of council housing in Portsmouth. The children imitated a picture taken at the old boys’ Beneficial School – now the Groundlings Theatre – which shows the city’s first council houses in Curzon Howe Road, Portsea, in the background.

The residents of four houses in Billett Avenue, Waterlooville, saw that the only route out of their cul-de-sac was blocked. Strong winds had brought down a tree in the night which landed on top of a car and prevented anyone from driving further up the road. But rather than waiting for the emergency services they ignored the rain and set to work cutting up the tree with a variety of garden tools.

Battle lines were drawn between neighbours on two sides of a road in Gosport. But this wasn’t an example of neighbours at loggerheads – more a case of them challenging each other to a tug of war.

The fun contest was held as part of a street party in Tintern Road, Gosport, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.