Reader John Jenkins has sent me a few memories of Albert Road, Southsea, when it was a proper shopping high street and not the drinking/eating street it has become.
He was a pupil at Albert Road School in 1919, believe it or not. He can remember Dollars Grocery Stores on the corner of Oxford Road and Timothy White’s & Taylor’s.
He says: ‘Campion’s supplied bread along with Maypole, a grocer, and Pinks of course. Mr Young cut our hair and Joy’s was the chemist.’
Who can forget the marvellous David Greig with his ham off the bone? My grandmother, who lived close by in Wisborough Road, would use no other grocer. Johnny Mayilinc ran an Italian restaurant until he was interned during the war. All superb shopping stores.
I went through some records and between the start of Albert Road, close by the V&A pub formerly the police station and the end at Festing Road/Highland Road, every building was a business of some sort and there was no need whatsoever to go into town. Marvellous.
John also remembers being on a trolleybus when it failed to negotiate the junction of Greetham Street and Blackfriars Road and crashed into the front of the Morning Star pub.