More tributes are paid to sweet shop Ray, legend of Southsea's Albert Road

MORE tributes have poured in to a man who worked at a popular Southsea sweet shop for more than 80 years.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 6:00 am
Ray King, former owner of H&E King in Albert Road, Southsea

As reported yesterday, Ray King, who owned H&E King in Albert Road, died on July 27, aged 87.

The shop, which was formerly a newsagents, had been in Mr King’s family for more than 100 years. They used to live above it.

Mr King was well-known for his stories about Portsmouth in the war and for opening his traditional sweet shop at unusual hours to cater for late-night drinkers and visitors to the Kings Theatre next door.

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H&E King in Albert Road

Steph Lyons owned and ran Magick Bean Coffee Shop in Albert Road for 16 years.

She now works at Aurora part-time.

She said: ‘He used to come in to the cafe and talk about the war. He used to talk about the Blitz.

‘He was a real character in the road. He was a nice old man.’

H&E King in Albert Road

Wayne Ames, who owns Southsea Fruit and Veg, which has been in Albert Road for more than 10 years, said: ‘I knew him to say hello to. He seemed like a lovely guy. He was quite fond of telling you stories.’

David Haviland, who runs Errand & Jervis, a printer that used to be known as Jervis & Sons, said Mr King would often be seen in Albert Road wearing his trademark mac.

He added: ‘I wish I could remember more of his stories. He would tell you a story and you wouldn’t want it to end. He was certainly a good story teller.’

Mr King’s funeral will be held at 11.15am at Portchester Crematorium on Friday.

A procession will leave from his shop at 10.15am. All are welcome.