Pre-war Southsea given a touch of the riviera

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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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Taking a glimpse back to 1938 it seems that Southsea beach looked like some kind of south coast riviera if this artist’s impression is to be believed.

Sent in by the Rev Philip Mason, of Ditcham Park, we see the front cover of the guide to Southsea 1938 which depicts golden sand, azure blue sea and lush flora that would easily rival the Mediterranean beaches of southern France or Spain.

Every picture within the delightful guide is hand-illustrated just like this one showing the rock gardens.

This would have been the penultimate year for visiting Southsea as two years later the beaches would have no-go areas which were defended by barbed wire to protect against invasion by the Germans during the Second World War.