Pictures celebrate a right '˜royal' life in Portsmouth

Avid Remember When reader Violet Jenkins always thought some of her pictures might be of interest to these pages and she was not wrong.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 6:36 am
SCHOOLDAYS Violet Slevin (third from the right in the second row from the front) in a 1930 class photograph at St Swithuns School, Southsea

I was delighted to see the 97-and-a-half-year-old (the halves are vitally important when you reach such a grand age) when she called into Lakeside last week with all of the photos here today.

Born a month after the end of the First World War in Boulton Road, Southsea, Violet (née Slevin) went to St Swithun’s School in Waverley Road and you can see her circled in the picture on the right taken in 1930.

For much of her life she lived at 63 Boulton Road and she remembers clearly two of the events pictured on these pages.

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BUNTING Residents of Boulton Road, Southsea, gather for the camera while marking George Vs silver jubilee in 1935

The first was the Silver Jubilee celebration and street party in that road for King George V.

The second, two years later, was the street party marking the coronation of King George VI.

In 1947 Violet and her family moved to Elkstone Road, Paulsgrove, and it was in nearby Leominster Road that parties were held in 1953 celebrating the Queen’s coronation.

NEW KING Street party celebrations in Boulton Road, Southsea, in 1937 for the coronation of George VI
NEW QUEEN The 1953 street party in Leominster Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, celebrating the Queens coronation. Circled are Violets children, Patsy, William and Iris.
AARGH! Paulsgrove children entertained by a pirate during the 1953 coronation street party
BUNTING Residents of Boulton Road, Southsea, gather for the camera while marking George Vs silver jubilee in 1935
NEW KING Street party celebrations in Boulton Road, Southsea, in 1937 for the coronation of George VI
NEW QUEEN The 1953 street party in Leominster Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, celebrating the Queens coronation. Circled are Violets children, Patsy, William and Iris.
AARGH! Paulsgrove children entertained by a pirate during the 1953 coronation street party