598 – Out for a walk

The picture has nothing to do with today’s post. I thought I had better clear up any chance of confusion. I just thought it looked an interesting manhole cover, taken from a low angle.

Last night I attended the first meeting of my radio club. I was sat next to John, one of the members. He had to leave early, so he asked if I would hold his raffle tickets. I had no problems with that he lives in Gosport, so if he won I could easily drop his prize off. Of course, at the time of the draw his was the first ticket out of the tin. Luckily, I didn’t choose the note book, which it turns out he had donated to the raffle.

Anyhow, as promised I dropped the prize off to him today. Today, I included his address in my route. Part of that included a road called Jellicoe Avenue. Something had always confused me about the street. For a street of houses it is very wide. Actually, I think it looks like a very nice street to live, wide, light and airy. Why is it like that?

There are quite a few streets in Gosport that are wider than you might expect. It appears that for many of them the reason for this is D-Day. I don’t know if properties were destroyed to widen the roads of if roads where extensive damage due to bombing, or just green field sites were chosen for these wide streets, clearly some more research is needed here. In the build up to D-Day, the activity in Gosport was frantic, not chaotic (for the most part), perhaps organised chaos, but the preparations were huge – much more than I am prepared to go into here.

A legacy of D-Day for Gosport are these wonderful, wide, calm streets. Enjoy.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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