The country show by the sea that refuses to die

These magnificent steam engines were one of the many attractions at the 1993 Southsea Show

These magnificent steam engines were one of the many attractions at the 1993 Southsea Show

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With the rekindled Southsea Show making its comeback this weekend, I thought it would be interesting to remember the event as it was in its glory years.

These pictures from The News archive go back to the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the show always drew between 40,000 and 50,000 visitors.

In its heyday of the 1960s and ’70s those figures were doubled because of the uniqueness of the ‘country show by the sea’.

The last one was in 2007 when falling visitor numbers saw the city council pull the plug on the show, which many thought had become too commercial and too expensive.

But after six years away it has been revived by a newly-formed committee.

n For a run-down of what to see where and when over the weekend turn to page 9 of The Guide today. And don’t miss your eight-page programme in The News tomorrow.

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