Tony Weekes

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In the picure of Brockhurst Primary, ask if anyone recognises the faces and I,ll list  some of them here.Ray Long,Rosemary Privett,Colin Lock,Danny Macnamara,Leslie  Small,Pamela Lloyd,Ronald O,Brian,Billy Skinner,Roger Hunt,Pamela Shepherd,Sonia  Chapel,Dave Blackman,Alan White,Avril Bone,Pat Buxey,others I can only recall  the first names and indeed I may have spelt some of surnames incorrectly, oh  Pauline Pickles,I forgot again,Pauline and I were neighbours and good  friends. If people  recognise themselves, great, perhaps we can arrange a meet,even in my case by mail  or e-mail. Tony Weekes navwrac@internode.on.net

St Vincent Boat Crew 1954

St Vincent Parade Guard 1954

St Vincent seamanship class 1954

St Vincent seamanship class 1954 outside

St Vincent Boat Crew 1954

St Vincent Parade Guard 1954

St Vincent seamanship class 1954

St Vincent seamanship class 1954 outside

RN visit to Stockholm in 1955 HMS Undine Tony Weekes

Beryton Raod End of War Party

Brockhurst Primary 1949

Brockhurst Primary approx 1948 F

RN visit to Stockholm in 1955 HMS Undine Tony Weekes

Beryton Raod End of War Party

Brockhurst Primary 1949

Brockhurst Primary approx 1948 F

All the photos above were supplied by Tony Weekes.

I’ve just come across your site  again after quite some time with a large photo of what I recall as a  builders merchant’s premises, going towards the Ferry about 2-300 yds past St  Vincent ,a three story place on the corner ,in fact next to the oil  depot. That is as familiar to me as anywhere in "old" Gosport, I must have  passed it almost daily, certainly as a Boy Seaman we marched past there on  the way to the Harbour for boating. Never been in there but it still looks a  substantial building and a handsome one too.What is it used for today and do  you know its history? Tony-Perth-Australia

I first remember the building  as Wheelers builders merchants, though I understand the building was a Kellets  & Childs Warehouse, a department store I think. Covers took it over more  recently. I have been in the building a few times though towards the end the  state was bad. I have used the photo as about 2 years ago the building was  demolished and a new building has been built, with a Co-OP and Pizza Place on  the ground floor with flats above. Quite a shame, I feel.
Best  regards, Ian Jeffery

G,day Ian,

Well another old landmark gone,much more and I  would not recognise the place except for the rows of terrace houses,a lot  of handsome and distinctive buildings have been razed to the ground in old  Gosport,survived the worst of the Luftwaffe and all part of my youth,now gone  forever,talk about the Vandals and the Goths,I suppose the Duck House  survives?Do you think there is any soul left in the "old town" Ian ?????Funny  thing is despite the warts and all bit you still look back as part of you to the  place where you are born,grew up as a child and became a man,I have many good  and bad memories of those days ,especially at the end of the War and it,s  aftermath,times were so hard ,but I concentrate on the good and the very happy  days that will not come again,on family and friends and familiar landmarks,on  faces I recall so clearly even at 71, buildings I have been in so many times now  gone,Lee Tower for example,who of today,s generation could ever visualise what  was there or that the little building I think is still there was once the  railway station.of the two swimming pools,open air ones at Lee and  Gosport,filled with happy laughter.With other mates we snuck into Gosport Baths  one night and skinny dipped in the moonlight,and got ourselves into the bombed  out Ritz and the old Police station.Keep up the good work Ian,although I,ve  never had feedback from my "memories" I did hear that one or two are still alive  and kicking !! Tony Weekes

The last picture above is or was taken on our RN visit to  Stockholm in 1955,HMS Undine and other warships (Added 16th February 2010)

 

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