Portsmouth music scene

The South Parade Pier


The Second Pier

Opened on 12th August 1908 and cost 70,000. and seated over 1000 in the theatre.
This pier also burnt down in 1974 during the filming of the film 'Tommy'

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Roller skating on the Pier in the early 1900's

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An organist plays for the holidaymakers

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The bar at this end of the pier(pictured) had several names, The Bar on the Briny, and The Coral Reef Bar amongst them.

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Manager and Bar Staff in the 1950's

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Three venues in one photograph below, The popular Savoy Ballroom block, The South Parade Pier, and the often forgotten Royal Beach Hotel.
Between the Savoy and the Royal Beach Hotel is Alhambra Road where Reg Bannistra, Bandleader and one time MU Secretary lived.

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a PROGRAMME FOR 1932;-
Saturday, 8th October, 1932 PROGRAMME 3 p.m.
THE MERRY SCAMPS
1--The Scamps introduce themselves
2--"A Slight Argument" BILLY ROBERTS & KITT WALTERS
3-Dancing Duo BIDDY BREWIN and DORIS DELORES
4--Comedy Duo `Tipperary" B. Roberts
5--BIDDY BREWIN in Comedy
6--Vocal Duet "Indian Love Call"" ("Rose Marie") Friml HILDA FRANKS & KITT WALTERS
7--Comedy Interlude "Shopping" Rose & Ness
S--Baritone Song "Desert Songs" Romberg DEREK -MORELAND
9--Acrobatic Trio KITT WALTERS and LADIES
10--Song "II Bacio" Arditi HILDA FRANKS
11--Toe Dance Speciality MILLICENT HORNE
12--On the Banjo "Mystery Girl" Rey SID MANSELL
13--Scena "Blue Horizon" ("Monte Carlo'')
14--Comedy Song "Hard Lines" J. Bastow
15--Piano Solo "The Jazz Master" B. Mayerl GLADYS MONTAUUE
16--Dancing Duo MILLICENT HORNE & KITT WALTERS
17--Violin Solo "Medlies" M.S. HILDA FRANKS
18--BIDDY BREWIN in Male Impersonations
19--Musical Interlude THE HILO TRIO
20--Comedy Duet "When I First met You" Rose BIDDY BREWIN and KITT WALTERS
21--Burlesque "Sailor Rehearsing" THE COMPANY
GOD SAVE THE KING

Friday and Saturday, 7th & 8th October, 1932 PROGRAMME 8 p.m.
THE MERRY SCAMPS
1 --The Scamps introduce themselves M. S.
2---"A Slight Mistake" L,. Roberts BILLY ROBERTS & KITT WALTERS
3-- Dancing Trio BIDDY BREWIN, DORIS DELORES & MIILLITCENT HORNE
4--Comedy Duo "Sweet Heart" M. S. DEREK MORELAND & BILLY ROBERTS
5--BIDDY BREWIN in Comedy "Call me Charlie" Weston
6 --Vocal Duet "My Heart's Delight" Lehar HILDA FRANKS & KITT WALTERS
7--Dancing Speciality DORIS DELORES
8--Comedy Interlude "I Should Shay" B. Roberts
9--Song "Mother Machree" Olcott & Boll DEREK MORELAND
10--Acrobatic Trio KITT WALTERS and LADIES
11 --Song "Bird of Love Divine" Wood HILDA FRANKS
12--Toe Dance MILLICENT HORNE
13--On the Banjo "Blue of the Night" Bing SYD MANSELL
14--Comedy Number "Kisses" Lee BILLY ROBERTS
15--Scena "Kentucky Babe"
16--Scena "Tell me Pretty Maiden" ("Florodora") Stuart
17--Comedy Duo B. Roberts KITT WALTERS & BILLY ROBERTS
18 --Whirlwind Apache MILLICENT HORNE and KITT WALTERS
19 -- Violin Solo "Hungarian Dance No. 5" Brahms HILDA FRANKS
20--"Following Behind" B. Roberts BIDDY BREWIN
21--Musical Interlude THE HILO TRIO
22--"The Marriage Bureau" BILLY ROBERTS & BIDDY BREWIN
23-- KlTT WALTERS in Impersonations
24-- Piano Solo "Valse Chromatic" Godard GLADYS MONTAGUE
25--Finale THE COMPANY in a Comedy Sketch
GOD SAVE THE KING

On June 11th 1974 the Pier burnt down during the filming of the film 'Tommy'

Details of the fire

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