Va va voom – bikers used Bert’s as meeting place

Dave England, far right, outside Bert's Cafe
Dave England, far right, outside Bert's Cafe

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Paul England got in touch and sent me the picture of motorcyclists outside the fondly-remembered Bert’s Cafe on the A27 on the Portsmouth/Portchester boundary.

The picture was sent to him by someone who emigrated to New Zealand more than 40 years ago because Paul’s dad, Dave, is the biker on the extreme right.

111110 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The ravages of time are clearly shown in this 1958 view of the Solent awaiting her fate, the details of which appear to have been lost in the course of time.''Bert's Cafe Boat, Solent Steamer Paddle Boat PPP-140623-103714001

111110 REMEMBER WHEN REP: CO''CAPTION: The ravages of time are clearly shown in this 1958 view of the Solent awaiting her fate, the details of which appear to have been lost in the course of time.''Bert's Cafe Boat, Solent Steamer Paddle Boat PPP-140623-103714001

The cafe was on the site now occupied by Mother Kelly’s fish and chip shop and Paul wonders if there are any other photos of it.

The only one I can lay my hands on is the second picture showing the original – a one-time paddle steamer called Solent which in her heyday plied between Lymington and Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

The boat had been launched in 1902.

But it was not until she was sold for scrap in the late 1940s that she was converted into a transport cafe.

More pictures and memories of Bert’s please.