Police directing trafficÂ and sailors in uniform '“ How Portsmouth city centre has changed since 1961
Here's aÂ marvellously atmospheric scene looking across Guildhall Square in 1961'¦Â if you can remember that far back. Today, if you stoodÂ with your back to the Norrish Central Library,Â Queen Victoria's statue would be roughly where the blue police telephone is.Â
From the left we have Verrechia's ice cream parlour, much-missed by those who remember it. We all pronounced it Ver-e-sha but I am sure it should be Ver-a-chia. No doubt someone will tell me.
Peeking over the left hand side of the roof of Portsmouth andÂ Southsea railway station's high level platform roof is the general post office. In the road underneath a lorry is being unloadedÂ without a care and next we have a policeman in a white coat directing traffic. The light in the sky shone on him when it was dark.
On the right of him is a postman on a bike approaching theÂ camera and then thatÂ police telephone. If a police officer was required in thoseÂ daysÂ these phones would flash a blue light. To the right of the phone are the buildings associated with the oldÂ goods yard which had transferred to Fratton in 1936. In 1961 they were civil defence offices.
Then we come to the junction with Greetham Street and on the very edge of the photo the Sussex Hotel with a group of sailors in uniform '“Â a rare sight today.Â Above areÂ trolleybus wires which when wet would arc flashes asÂ the vehicle's poles passed through junctions.Â
The photo was supplied by Rose Bolton whose late father worked locally and took many photographs of the area.
'¢ On the right is a smashing photo looking west across Commercial Road with the gate to the Royal Hospital left of centre. OnÂ the right is Fitzherbert Street with the ABC cinema to the right of that. In the top left hand corner is the Tricorn multi-storey car park and to the left is Lake Road roundabout.. Along the bottom is All Saints' Church, Landport. I think this photograph was taken between 1967 and 1980.Â
'¢ Although an historic photoÂ of an air showÂ at Portsmouth Airport before the Second World War, I have included it to show younger readers what the area was once like. Where the wide open spaces are on the right and into the distance is now Anchorage Park. Where the planes are is now Morrisons. In the top left hand corner, a steam-hauled train isÂ chuffingÂ along.Â
'¢ In 1977Â we had a Fleet review at Spithead for the Queen's Silver Jubilee butÂ IÂ don'tÂ remember much about it. Were you part of it, either shore-based or on board any of the review ships? I'dÂ like to hear about it and if you have any photographs please let me borrow them for these pages. They will be returned.'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹