Croissants: a modern-day version of sending coals to Newcastle – from Portsmouth

Croissants from the Selsey Croissant Company en route to France in November 1983
Croissants from the Selsey Croissant Company en route to France in November 1983

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This year is the 40th anniversary of the opening of what has grown to become Portsmouth International Port, but what for most of the past four decades was known simply as ‘the ferry port’.

From a small four-acre site with a choice of just two routes and one ‘linkspan’ for passengers to board ferries, the port now offers crossings to more destinations than any other UK port.

Holiday queues - cars waiting to board the P&O ferry to Bilbao at the ferry port in July 1994

Holiday queues - cars waiting to board the P&O ferry to Bilbao at the ferry port in July 1994

This summer staff there will be celelbrating with a series of special events and they are asking passengers to contribute memories, photographs and home movies of the early days of what is now dubbed ‘Britain’s best-connected port’.

Built by Portsmouth City Council alongside the M275, the port quickly gained that title because of its closeness to London and a much larger range of connections on the continent than any other UK port.

You can send your memories to portsmouth@purple-agency.com.

A 1,000-tonne steel floating linkspan is placed in position at the Continental Ferry Port in March 1992

A 1,000-tonne steel floating linkspan is placed in position at the Continental Ferry Port in March 1992

A combination of warships and cross-Channel ferries at the Continental Ferry Port in September 1988

A combination of warships and cross-Channel ferries at the Continental Ferry Port in September 1988