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The Mary Rose was raised in 1982
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Chief reporter Chris Owen has been dusting off some of the bound volumes in the library at The News Centre for a new series which begins today.

It will run for the next week as an expanded version of Chris’s usual Remember When page.

Each day, Chris will feature a front page from The News from years gone by together with ‘slice of life’ snippets from the time.

So today he’s concentrating what was happening in October 1982 as the Mary Rose was brought to the surface in the Solent.

I’m sure it’ll bring back memories for many readers.

For me, it’s the recollection of sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta watching TV pictures of the raising. (Memory told me I had watched it live but, having read Chris’s article today, I’m not so sure that could have been the case – she broke surface at around 4am Eastern Standard Time!)

The new series is a reminder of the important part nostalgia plays in The News and on our website at

On that subject, we’re adding a new podcast to the site, enabling visitors to download my weekly radio show Yesterday’s News.

It runs at 4.30pm on Tuesdays and 9.30am on Thursdays on the Havant-based community station Angel Radio and features stories, adverts, cinema and TV listings and a lot more from The News of that week 40 years ago.

Angel is on 101.1FM, digital radio or at but if you can’t listen to the show live, the podcast will give you a chance to catch up later.

It’s great to feature on the show News readers’ recollections of times gone by.

If you’d like me to feature a memory or anecdote from the past, write to me c/o Angel Radio, 17 Market Parade, Havant PO9 1PY or send me an email to

Please also let me know if you’d like me to play a particular tune on the show – perhaps as a dedication to someone, but remember that Angel only plays music recorded before 1960.