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Growing up in the 50s: Part 1 (Event from 2023)



Illustrated Talk

Scared of Everythingnew events

Richard Martin Gallery , 19-23 Stoke Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1LS

Peter Cardy was born in Avenue Road in 1947 and has vivid memories and stories of the town just starting to recover from the war, with austerity and rationing dominating everyday life.

Gosport still carried the marks of the war including bombsites, fortifications, and men and women in uniform. But what scared him was roaming dogs, backfiring cars, the outside privy, the exploding gas boiler, stag beetles, the nuclear threat – and nuns. Based on his recordings for Fareport Talking News, Peter describes the pleasures of playing on the bombsites, delicious National dried egg and orange juice, the miseries of school and learning to read, and the open-air swimming pool. He remembers the endemic childhood diseases, the Gosport Ferry, the smogs, and rationing. Thousands of children had similar experiences: the difference is the way he tells it.

Visitors will be invited to contribute their own recollections.

Duration 90 minutes.

Event Times

Tuesday 12 September: 1930-2100

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Please self book, but if you experience any difficulties please contact us.

Assisted Booking Telephone: 023 9217 7392 or 07849 399 823
Booking opens: 26 August 2023 09:30
Booking closes: 10 September 2023 17:00


Wheel chair Service dogs welcome Accesible parking parking Mobility impaired



There is on-road parking on Stoke Road (especially useful for Blue Badge holders) and nearby car parks to the rear in Jamaica Place.

Additional Information

This is the first part of a fascinating talk by Peter. You can just enjoy one or book in for both.

Organised by

Peter Cardy