Gosport, St John's Church, Forton 1898
Memories of Gosport
From the age of about 10, so about 1957, every year for about 5 years I held a season ticket which cost 5 shillings at the Gosport Swimming Bath for the whole summer, and spent hours there every week. I could even be somewhere in this picture! If I was feeling flush I could buy a choc-ice for 5 old pence, and I always had a penny for a squirt of Brylcreem from the dispenser.
Other than as a name on a map, I hadn't a clue about Gosport before joining the Royal Navy in 1949 and becoming a Portsmouth rating. My Visual Signals training had taken place, firstly, at Cookham Camp near Chatham and, latterly, at the Main Signal School at East Meon, Hampshire. On the completion of my training I was (...Read full memory)