PORTSDOWN SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL, PORTSMOUTH
The main building of brick ran from Sevenoaks Road east towards Cosham, Senior boys at Sevenoaks Road end, followed by Junior boys, then the girls buildings. The four small squares were the pre fabrecated buildings including Mr Gatt's classroom, and the wood and metal workshops of Mr Jones, Dixon and Harrison.
A photograph from 1937, three of the names are John Horn, Maurie Kean and Alan Mack but the rest are unknown
Eric Bryant from Havant, is fourth from the right in the front row, and he's pretty certain the year was 1947. Eric said: 'I believe I recognise a few of my classmates. Sitting next to me on my right is John McCarthy. 'And second to my right is Leslie Riggs. We both played football for the school first eleven. Leslie went on to become a professional footballer and was a very good table tennis player, 'Other classmates who I am sure I recognise are Percy Williams, Johnnie Scott and Charlie Bury.'
This picture of masters at Portsdown School, Paulsgrove, from the 1950s.
Back row. (3) ? - ? - ?
Middle row (7) ? - ? - (Pop Gould) - ? - Ken williams - ? - ?
Front row (9) ? - ?- ? - ( Wally Palmer or Rigger ) - ( Lawrence ) - ( Hull ) - ? - Jones.- Jack Wells ?
Tony Fletcher was presented with this Gideons bible in 1957 when he
left the school and, as was the tradition then, got many of the teachers
to autograph it.
Alan Tubb. John Slade. Billy Bartlett. Tommy Crawford. Phil Bonney. Ken Lloyd. Eddy Witcombe. Ken Williams. (Teacher)
Earlier this year we featured a picture of staff and pupils in the orchestra at Portsdown Modern Secondary School taken in 1947 or 1948. It was spotted by Derek Spero, who lives in Dortmund, Germany, who was not only a pupil at the Wymering school, but was also appointed the orchestra's leader. He's sent the class picture, above, also from 1947 or 1948 and he's the lad in the front row, fourth from the left, with a comic stuck down his sock. The orchestra's conductor, Mr Gould, was the class teacher.
Derek, who was also delighted to see a recent Remember When picture of his birthplace in School Lane, Buckland, said: 'Also in the original photo is Mr Hall, the deputy head, who taught me the violin and shaped my career. 'I eventually took over as leader of the orchestra and will never forget the momentous moment when we gave a concert for families and friends in front of a packed hall in the girls' school.
'As leader I had to walk from the back of the hall with my violin under my arm, down the central aisle, bow to the audience and take my seat.' The experience the lads gained from the orchestra obviously stood them in good stead. Derek added: 'The leader of the orchestra in the original picture was Sunny Kingston who joined the Band of the Royal Marines, Portsmouth.
'I and another member of the orchestra, Alan Dowd, from Wymering, signed on as boy musicians with the Royal Artillery Band, Portsmouth, stationed at Southsea Castle. From there we went off to RA Central Band, Woolwich, London, studied for two years, before returning to Portsmouth. 'In 1953 we were posted to Oldenburg in north Germany before moving to Dortmund where we got our own bus with Royal Artillery Portsmouth Band painted on the side in extra large gold letters.
'One day we pulled into a restaurant on the autobahn and parked next to a magnificent modern bus with the logo The James Last Band on both sides. 'A couple of the James Last band strolled over for a chat and one of them, an American, was really interested because he came from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.'
The Portsdown Schoool Orchestra 1964 with Roy Hallin third from the left standing
Some of the teachers from the 1950's and 1960'sMR DIGWEED, MR BATES, MR SEARLE, MR JONES, MR EVANS, MR ELFORD, MR PITCHER, MR BISCOE, MR WELLS, MR ELSMORE, MR AUSTIN, MR GOULD, MR WILLIAMS, MR PALMER, MR COULTHARD, MR BUCKETT, MR BAKER, MR GARDNER, MR ELSMORE, MR DIXON, MR YULE, MR CHAMBERLAIN, MR GATT, MR SMITH, MR PAFFORD, MR WARD, MR LILLYWHITE, MR McCANN, TONY PEARSON, MR HARRISON THE SCHOOL BEADLE, MR PARSONS THE GARDING TEACHER.
An 'old boy' has done well!
My loyal Customers and staff are the ones that keep me here!
Veteran barber ~ Ian clocks up his 50th year behind the chair.
HE'S performed tens of thousands of haircuts and seen scores of different trends in his career.
Now veteran barber Ian Henry has clocked up an amazing 50 years behind the chair.
But the 68-year-old, who runs Ian Henry barbershop, in Cosham, says he's not yet ready to hang up his scissors.
`My loyal customers and the four ladies that work with me are the ones that keep me going,' he said.
`I absolutely love my job - there's nothing else I would rather be doing.
The Portsdown Junior School
The Portsdown Junior School side from 1956-57, names that can be remembered: (I to r)
Back row Dyer, Fellowes, Acutter, Rafferty.
Penfold. Middle: Kimber, Jackson, Redman, Floyd.
Front: Dickson, Clarke, Hayes, Hill.
The Teachers Mr. Tilbury,(Head master). Mr. Hendy, Mr. Halford, Mr. Bazeley. Mr. Halford
Boys there included, Richard Hymers, Tony Toovey, Ken Boyes, Roy/Ray Macgroghan, Dave Pratt, Ray Gregory.Tony Payne, Ian Farminer.
Class 3b, of Portsdown Junior School, the teacher was Mr Gould the year 1955, this is John Whites photo.
Football team early 70's They all must be 58-59 years old now
Top Left to Right....Timmy Scott, Robbie Fry, Graham Freestone, Malvin Gafney, Les Valentine, Jimmy Hayward, Richard Windebank, not sure.
Bottom Left to Right... Ricky Travis, Steve Smith, Dave Johnson, Steve Moore, Paul Corbin, Kenny England, the teacher is Mr Chuter
Letter from headmistress Miss Turner Portsdown Secondary Modern School for Girls - caught smoking,
The Dinner Ladies