NOSTALGIA: Leigh Park clubbers' sponsored walk
The people in this picture will probably be amazed that it was taken more than 30 years ago '“ in 1985 to be precise.
A young local girl, Kerry Ingram, had been struck down with a virus which almost killed her.
So regulars at this nightclub in Somborne Drive, Leigh Park, donned fancy dress for a sponsored five-mile walk around the estate one Sunday morning in May 1985.
Club manageress Carol Donohoe read about Kerry’s plight in The News and organised the walk hoping to raise £1,000. It was to provide the youngster with specialised equipment for her home. Does anyone know if Kerry recovered?
• Were you a pupil at the old Portsmouth Northern Grammar School for Girls in the 1960s?
If you were among the 1961 intake a reunion has been arranged next month.
It’s from 2pm on Wednesday, March 21 at The Wheelwright’s Arms, Emsworth Road, Havant.
Organiser Babs Fielder has booked a private room for the event but will be there for lunch from 12.30pm.
Old girls keen to attend can book lunch and/or dinner with the pub (023 9247 6502) quoting ‘reunion’.
• Over the years thousands of sailors and dockyard workers have walked along Fountain Lake Jetty to the north of the former Royal Dockyard, as it once was. Here we see the jetty under construction in the 1872.
The photo comes from Dave Marden’s marvellous ‘Hidden Railways of Portsmouth and Gosport’ a superb book of previously unpublished photographs.
To the bottom is the railway line built to transfer the waste across the water to form Whale Island.
The two ships anchored on the far left are the gunnery ships HMS Excellent and HMS Calcutta.