Her father had bought a 9” black and white television so they could all watch the Queen's Coronation at home
For our last Roadshow of the season, we dropped in on the Salvation Army Social Group in Petersfield for an hour after lunch. As ever, we were given a warm welcome and everyone enjoyed exploring the Heritage100 website with us.
Matt West led the reminiscence session inviting people to share stories of day trips they had enjoyed with their families. Rachel told us how on her 21st birthday she had been to Longleat Safari Park and had a thoroughly lovely day. Maureen had been on holiday to Hayling Island when she was younger and told how people hadn’t taken much money in those days to eat out all the time but enjoyed the sea and the sand and simple pleasures.
Melvina told a story about the Queen’s Coronation and how her father had bought a 9” black and white television so they could all watch the event at home. Maureen told us that there used to be a cinema next door to the Salvation Army building and when she was a child she used to go all the time and sit in the projection box with her Uncle Peter who was the projectionist. She was fascinated by watching him change the reels of film. It was quite common for the reels to break and for the film to be stopped whilst the projectionist stuck it back together again.
People remembered going to the circus - particularly Billy Smarts - and Matt asked what they could remember of the animals that were used commonly in circuses in the past. Someone said that a Mr Kimber used to look after the lions, tigers and elephants when the circus came every year to Southsea common.
For the last half hour, we got out the iPads and asked if people would like to use them to look at the website for themselves. At first there was some reluctance amongst the group as most people had not used computers before. However, with a little encouragement, most got the hang of using the touch screen to navigate the website and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The Roadshow team had a lovely time with the Petersfield group and felt it was a very positive end to an extremely enjoyable series of Roadshow events.
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