Matchless interest in pubs continues into new century

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The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

NOSTALGIA: Ready and waiting, the shiny new tracks climbing Portsdown Hill

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Here’s a final trip down the memory lane that is and was Whitbread pubs in Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

There’s been much interest in the subject of the brewery’s decision to issue a range of matchboxes in the 1970s featuring its hostelries.

And I’ve been surprised at how many of you collected them and grateful that so many of you have kept those collections so lovingly down the decades into the 21st century.

The last sample, from Mick Johnson, of Milton, Portsmouth, range from the old City Arms, a modern pub in Isambard Brunel Road, to current favourites such as the Bold Forester in Albert Road, Southsea, and the Baffins Inn in Tangier Road, Baffins.

Outside the city we have the Bear Hotel in East Street, Havant, and the Highlands Inn, Highlands road, Fareham.

Thanks to all of you who have shared your collections.