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Do you remember the Seahorse Bars?

A number 8 trolley awaits its next journey outside the Seahorse Bars, Clarence Pier, Southsea

A number 8 trolley awaits its next journey outside the Seahorse Bars, Clarence Pier, Southsea

 

This photograph of a trolley bus at Clarence Pier in Southsea, taken from Brian Cox’s book The Trolley Buses of Portsmouth, is of interest.

But the building to the front of the bus, the former Seahorse Bars, is what I want you to look at.

Do many of you remember this famous pub, which was run by Rusty and his wife Marina in the late 1960s/early 1970s (their surname escapes me)?

From the window facing down Clarence Esplanade, a marvellous vista was to be had across the common and all the way to South Parade Pier a mile or so away.

The pub was always packed in summer with locals and visitors alike. The seating was tiered so that everyone facing eastward could see the view.

On the wall in the upstairs bar, like a large mural, was a panoramic aerial photograph of Old Portsmouth.

Do you remember it?

 

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