2,000 tell of passion for the city

ASSET The seafront has proven popular
ASSET The seafront has proven popular
Portsmouth Grammar School pupils, back from left  to right: Sam Rush, Oliver Clark, Hermione Barrick, Michaela Clancy, Ilana Berney, Lizzy Greenfield, Charlotte Phillips, Grace Goodfellow, Caleb Barron, Robert Merriam. Front row, left to right: Katie Morrison, Gemma Webb, Lana Watt, Alfie Perry-Ward

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RESPONSES to the News-backed Passion for Portsmouth survey have been pouring in – with more than 2,000 replies so far.

And just as we have been amazed by the number of people who have taken part, what is equally incredible is the range of aspects and attractions which have had mentions.

Portsmouth has always inspired passion – whether it’s because of the city’s history, industry, seafront or football team.

And many of you have used this opportunity to tell us about your own particular passions.

Whether it’s Portsdown Hill at sunset, the Pompey Chimes ringing out from Fratton Park, or even the city’s beautiful flower beds, everyone has something they love.

Elaine Bevis, of Jubilee Terrace, Southsea, said she can’t get enough of the ‘city, country, seafront, and two Frank Matcham-designed theatres’.

Gary Lockhart, of Caer Peris View, Portchester, said: ‘On one side you have the lovely Solent, and on the other side the start of the country. Two amazing surroundings for the price of one.’

He sums up the view of many by adding that traffic is, in his view, the city’s only major problem – calling it a ‘nightmare’.

Gordon Luke, of Highbury Grove, in Cosham, called Portsmouth ‘a gateway to the continent, and a great place to live’.

But for William Dodd, of King George Road, Portchester, only a poem about Portsmouth could do his view of the city justice.

In Pompey he writes lovingly of the city’s history; the Mary Rose, D-Day museum and proud statue of Field Marshal Montgomery on the seafront.

And Ann Moody, of St Mark’s Road, Stamshaw, said: ‘In the 60 years I have lived here the city has changed from a badly-damaged city, to a modern vibrant place with something for everyone.’

Jennifer Higgs, of St Andrew’s Road, Farlington, gave this simple explanation of why she has Passion for Portsmouth: ‘Public places, smiling faces, good times, Pompey Chimes.’

And that is just a tiny sample of the enthusiastic replies we have received so far, with some people writing pages to explain what makes the city so special to them.

But there is still time for you to add your voice by filling out our Passion for Portsmouth questionnaire to tell us what you’re passionate about – and what needs changing.