ON the last weekend of October, a work of literary art will be projected on to Portsmouth Guildhall.
A team of writers and outreach workers are talking to hundreds of people in and around the city in preparation for this exciting event, which is called You, Me & Everyone in Portsmouth.
Everybody is invited to share ‘their’ version of Portsmouth and the contributions will inspire the final narrative which will be viewed by thousands in the Guildhall Square and online.
I’m lucky enough to be one of the writers for this unique project and I’ve been hearing some wonderful stories about life in Portsmouth, past, present and even future!
Highlights include the World War Two barrage balloon called Sally in a Southsea school playground; memories of the lagoon in Eastney; photographs of Hilsea Lido in its heyday and HMS Victory moored out in the harbour; Pompey’s promotion from Division 4 and people of all ages describing how much they love the Bandstand concerts, the parks and, of course, the sea!
I was born and raised in the city but these days consider myself a firm Havantonian, so it was nice to find out how many Pompey people know Havant and visit the town – to shop, to eat and to visit the arts centre and museum.
It’s good to know that the old links that were forged half-a-century ago with the building of Leigh Park are still in place.
And I hope plenty of residents from across the area will be watching the Guildhall on 25 and 26 October when this unique story-telling event takes place.