Lonnie’s finest hour

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Not – “World Cup Willie” – Lonnie Donegan

It’s that day isn’t it? I was always a football fan back then (less bothered now) but I was working, selling the Evening News on Southsea seafront on the day so only listened to it on my ‘trannie’. However, we didn’t start until midday so I went up town in the morning and spent some of my wages on a coat (£8-9s-6d) which I think was a camel reefer jacket and matching tie and pocket handkerchief (30/-) plus Rod Stewart’s new single of “Shake” b/w “I Just Got Some”. Must have all been in Commercial Road but I didn’t note where

The ‘paper sales were helped by the Football Mail that evening and, despite rain, I sold five dozen which was OK even though few people were about in the afternoon.

Meanwhile the Birdcage had reopened in July after a month’s closure but that night was the Lovin’ Kind who I didn’t see (I went to the fair mush) and know nothing about.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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