Portsmouth remembrance service to be proud of '“Â Nostalgia
Last Sunday's remembrance service in Guildhall Square was superb; a magnificent turnoutÂ by residents from Portsmouth and the wider area.Â
Boxing author Andrew FairleyÂ askedÂ me to join him on the GuildhallÂ stepsÂ so I saw it from a different perspective.Â My one regret was not havingÂ a camera to take a '˜now' photograph to compare it to last Saturday'sÂ wraparound photo in The News of theÂ thousandsÂ in the square for the Armistice a century ago.
'¢Â My mention of fireworks last weekÂ reminded me they were rarely, if ever,Â let off on a Sunday. If bonfireÂ night fell on a Sunday,Â fireworks were on theÂ Saturday or Monday. Until the early '70s,Â Sunday was stillÂ a religious day.
Another rarity today areÂ garden bonfires with a guy on top. My brother Arthur always made a guy with one of dad's old jackets and trousers. What happened when he lookedÂ for old clobber to garden in I cannot say, but with three sons I imagine he knew.