Where are they now? - Saturday July 14, 2012

Former Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu takes part in a 24-hour treadmill relay at Portsmouth University Gym to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Fellow participant Dannii Hutchins gives support. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (180224-1)

Bake-Off star organises 24-hour charity run at University of Portsmouth

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Helping people locate friends and family they’ve lost contact with.

HMS ANDROMEDA: My husband Allan South, was in the Royal Navy and his first ship was the HMS Andromeda. He was on 3k mess from 1971 till early 1974 and he is looking for old mates. From that time he is in touch with three mates that he met at the reunion early this year. He would love to hear from people that he lost touch with. Some might have settled in Portsmouth after they left the navy. He has happy memories of his time on the ship.

Mrs Lesley Ann South,

19,Crossbeck Way,





BALCH: I have been researching my family history for about six years. On the paternal side of my family there is a John Balch b 1780 Barnstable in Devon who moved with his parents to Gosport in the early 1800s.

He married twice and raised a large family ( I have 13 names ). John Balch and two of his sons i.e Thomas b 1810 and William b 1818 were in the tailoring business in Gosport and Southsea.

Another son Alfred Balch b 1841 married Ann Adams in Gosport in 1865 and were my great grandparents.

Is there anyone researching this family name? I would like to hear from you and perhaps share research.

Ivan Johns

5 Funtley Lane


PO17 5EQ



PAT DYMOTT (nee KING): I was searching on the Internet and found an interesting article about a photo that was taken in the 1950s about the Metalbox Cricket team. In that article, it was mentioned that a Pat Dymott (nee King ) added some information about the photograph. Pat King, as she was known to me then, was a good friend of mine and I would love to reconnect if there is some way of doing that. My name was Yvonne Palmer, from Compton Road, during those years, and I worked with Pat.

I moved to Zambia in 1967 and now live in South Africa, although am holidaying in New Zealand.

Yvonne Ahern


MIDWIFE CARTER: I am seeking information about the midwife who delivered me in 1962. The only information I have about her is that she was called Sister/midwife Carter, and she had red hair and rosy cheeks! She worked in the Paulsgrove area of Portsmouth. I have contacted the midwifery board, but as I do not know her first name, they are unable to identify her (as they had 150 midwives named Carter working in the 1960s). I would love to know more about Sister Carter as I owe her my gratitude: When she delivered me, the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck several times, she remained calm and gently removed the cord and saved my life.

Ricky Palmer

07905 265 076

023 9232 1738