Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers

Froth blowers rep bh''Inside pages of the membership and rule book of the ancient order of Froth Blowers. Sent in by June of Waterlooville.'The headquarters was at the Goat Hotel, Southsea.
Froth blowers rep bh''Inside pages of the membership and rule book of the ancient order of Froth Blowers. Sent in by June of Waterlooville.'The headquarters was at the Goat Hotel, Southsea.
You might struggle with this scene but it is in fact looking across Waite Street, Cosham. The tram is heading for Spur Road.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: When trams ran through the fire station’s offices at Cosham

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I wonder how many of you remember, or were even members of, Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers?

It seems to have been a mickey-taking association perhaps comparable to Camra – the Campaign for Real Ale. Or perhaps not.

As you can see from this fascinating picture, the main drinking establishment for the froth blowers in Portsmouth was at the Goat Hotel. However, an away meeting was obviously held on March 5, 1927, at the Railway Hotel, Fratton.

It seems to have been a serious affair as there was a 
tie at 5s 6d (28p) and cufflinks at 2s 8d (14p) which were available from the secretary.

The association, which had 70,000 members on November 10, 1926, had a balance sheet profit of more than £5,000, much of which was given to charity.

If you were in the association please contact me.