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My Mum has been working on arranging for my Grandad’s name to be put onto a plaque in Portsmouth – to remember the Portsea Mudlarkers from years gone by. Well today we got to see the statue and the latest addition of names, including my Grandad’s and his brother’s. Sadly, he isn’t here to see today but we took my Grandma so that she could see his name set in stone – under the guise that we were going down to see the boats.




Margaret Foster, local councillor in Portsmouth, was the force behind the statue being created and raised money so that it could become possible. She’s written a book about the Mudlarks as well and money raised goes to local causes. Margaret was there today and had gathered a small crowd. The plaque was a new addition to the statue which had been placed there in 2010, looking out over the Portsmouth mud flats with an eye on the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Warrior.





The statue celebrates parts of Portsmouths heritage and the fascinating history of the children that used to work in the mud in the very spot that it now sounds. Mudlarking was a form of begging back in the day and involved children diving, frollicking, crawling and rolling in the mud for coins that were often thrown to them by passing people entertained by their antics. My Grandad was one of them, over eighty years ago, working hard to earn a few bob to take home.





“E ah guv stick a penny in the mud,

A “penny or two won’t break yer,

We take all your rusty silver,

We loves you lady, we loves you lady,

But we loves your money the best.”





After seeing the statue, it seemed fitting to spend some time enjoying the views across Portsmouth and the place where my Grandad grew up. The views were breath-taking and as the sun went down, it was the perfect end to a very important and poignant day.







If you’re ever in Portsmouth and visiting the Historic Dockyard, take a minute to pause outside the entrance and enjoy a little bit of History. You won’t regret it.

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“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple.”
― Rolf Edberg

We woke up super early to venture down to Portsmouth and take advantage of the sales at the outlet stores there – vouchers in hand (or bag) we drove preparing ourselves for a humungous battle of queues into the car park and every single shop we wanted to go into….fully expecting it to be absolutely packed…

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And it was completely empty. We even had to wait for ten am for things to open! However all was not lost, we had the chance to explore the area and see the Spinnaker Tower, it’s 170 metres tall! After a bit of shopping and exploring, we decided to be brave and head up to the top.

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Yes that’s right! We climbed up to the top via rope!!!!! Okay no we didn’t…but this guy did and he looked pretty cold, and his ropes were swinging around quite precariously! The views were incredible though, and worth the slightly wobbly feeling of climbing that high.

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Portsmouth is quite vast with Old Portsmouth and Southsea to the left and the Isle of Wight stretching away in the distance. The weather was kind to us, between rainstorms we were able to get a fantastically clear view with sunshine that was quite interfering with the cameras!

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The cafe at the top was quite photogenic too, and quiet! I really thought that the whole area would be a lot busier than it was. Nevertheless it was quite refreshing after the Christmas shopping queues and battles from the past few weeks. After taking in the views for quite some time, we decided it was time to abseil back down…

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