20 retro photos capture life on Southsea Common through the years

Generations of people living in Portsmouth have flocked to spend the day at Southsea Common and make the most of the sun.

Thursday, 26th September 2019, 6:00 pm
Crowds of people flock to Southsea Common over the bank holiday weekend in August 1995

We decided to dig back through The News’s archives to find our best retro photos to capture life on the Common over the decades. You can see the pictures here. 

Southsea Common in October 1988
Naval war memorial in Southsea Common in April 1985

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The band stand in Southsea Common in June 1998
Aerial view of Southsea Common in May 1978
Vehicles parked on Southsea Common in years gone by.
Crowds of people flock to Southsea Common over the bank holiday weekend in May 1992
Nelson statue in September 1991
Russians lay a wreath at the navy war memorial in Southsea Common in July 1990.
Southsea Common in June 1978
Trees at Southsea Common in June 1978
Work is carried out on Southsea Common in June 1994 by Alan Dockree, at from, Alan Brown and Rob Creasey, from Portsmouth City Contract Services
Southsea Common in June 1978
Construction work is carried out on Southsea Common in June 1994.
The skatepark in Southsea Common in May 1982
Cars park on the Common for Southsea Show in August 1980
Flowers in Southsea Common in May 1972
Buses and coaches parked in Southsea Common in June 1978
Crowds enjoy the sunshine at the bandstand in Southsea Common in June 1998.
A muddy day at Southsea Common in June 1994
Southsea Common in May 1994