On today's menu: a rare photo of legendary Portsmouth pub landlord

One of Remember When's most avid readers and contributors is Portsmouth popular music historian Mick Cooper.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 9:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:59 pm
Charlie Hurdle

He has sent me all today’s pictures which he hopes will intrigue you and, possibly, tease out a few names.

Above is what he, and I, believe is a rarity – a picture of a Portsmouth legend, Charlie Hurdle.

The picture appeared on the luncheon menu for the City of Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant, Amalgamated Licensed Victuallers’ Society.

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DEFENCE The cover of the lunch menu in which Charlie Hurdle featured.

The meal was held during the 82nd annual conference of the Licensed Victuallers’ Defence League of England and Wales. It was held at the Savoy Ballroom, Southsea, on May 6, 1954.

He was pictured, resplendent with his chain of office, as president of the area’s licensed victuallers’ society.

Older readers will know that he ran the Cumberland Tavern at Eastney, but such was his fame that most people simply knew the pub at ‘Charlie Hurdle’s’.

His name has cropped up numerous times on these pages, but this is the first picture of him I have seen.

FEARSOME A group of Portsmouth teachers who look as though they would have put the fear of God into any child who crossed them

Also here is a rather scary team picture of a group of Portsmouth teachers.

It’s probably far too old for any of you to identify any of the women, but as Mick says: ‘Great pic, great poses and faces from Downton Abbey.’

His final picture shows a group of accordion players in Portsmouth.

Mick has no names and guesses the man might be the husband of another Portsmouth legend, this time Madam Courtney who gave lessons and had a music shop in the city either side of the Second World War.

A group of Portsmouth accordion players. Are you among them?

Perhaps some of you recognise yourselves as youngsters?

Do write and tell if you do.

DEFENCE The cover of the lunch menu in which Charlie Hurdle featured.
FEARSOME A group of Portsmouth teachers who look as though they would have put the fear of God into any child who crossed them
A group of Portsmouth accordion players. Are you among them?