Pub gets new name with historical link

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A pub is to be renamed after an historical Portsmouth figure.

The Lloyds No. 1 pub, in Port Solent, will become The Sir Alec Rose, after the famous Southsea greengrocer.

Sir Alec officially opened the marina at Port Solent in 1988.

He was knighted in 1968 after completing a 354-day solo trip around the globe in his vessel, Lively Lady.

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is changing the name of the pub to boost its local connections.

'We believe "The Sir Alec Rose" would be a fitting name for the pub,' said Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson.

'He was a man with a great connection to the area and to Port Solent itself.'