Southsea, Hovercraft c.1965
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About six years before this photograph was taken, designer Christopher Cockerell was turning a drawing board dream into reality with his invention of the hovercraft, a revolutionary new concept in passenger travel. The Suffolk boat builder took out 56 patents on the design and the first experimental hovercraft crossed the English Channel in 1959.

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This is about the place on the pebbled Southsea Beach where our family always established their bit of 'turf'. There was a whole ritual to it ...setting up the blanket so it wouldn't get blown out to sea..the baskets of delicious ham sandwiches and the bottles of home made ginger ale ! My step parents always had The Times or a Penguin book at hand whilst my step grandfather, Pop, smoked his pipe and Mum, knitted. ...see more