Portsmouth City Council’s tourism, visitors service and events manager, Drusilla Moody, explains why she has a Passion for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth has been my home for more than 50 years.
When I was growing up it was a very different place from how it is now. Back then there was still lots of bomb damage around the city, the Tricorn Centre was being built and there was no Guildhall Square.
In fact the whole framework of the city was different, and there were lots of businesses which have since come and gone.
I’ve worked for Portsmouth City Council for 23 years, and I’m proud to have seen the real renaissance of the city.
Whether it’s HMS Vernon becoming Gunwharf Quays, the arrival of HMS Warrior in the city, or the building of the D-Day museum to house the Overlord Embroidery, we have had some terrific successes. In the 80s Portsmouth’s tourism industry really took off – but we already had a big advantage because we have some amazing natural attractions.
For years when I lived nearby I would go down and walk along our beautiful seafront every morning.
And the population is so vibrant and varied; whereas places like Brighton and Bournemouth are often associated with older people, Portsmouth has always been a working city.
That mixture of old and young enriches both generations, and that’s why people move back here all the time.
People should stop just focusing on anti-social behaviour and look at all the examples of different age groups mixing in together.
Just think about the Bandstand concerts in the summer, opera in the park or the Tea Dances in Guildhall Square.
And the city is developing and putting on new events all the time. Last year we had our first ever BookFest which was a huge success, and next year is the 200th Dickens anniversary.
All in all I’m passionate about Portsmouth simply because it is a wonderful city to live and work in!