THIS WEEK IN 1987: Demolition gangs move on Charlotte Street

Shoppers in Portsmouth were hunting for final bargains in a section of Charlotte Street which would soon be flattened to make way for Cascades shopping complex.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:06 am
Landlady of the demolished Coxs pub, June Fletcher, centre right, said she could not believe it was all over (B1253-1)

The pub, cafes and shops along part of the south side of the busy street were told to cease trading, following a series of compulsory purchases that mark the end of an era.

In a week’s time, demolition gangs were set to move onto the southern section of the street to clear the area west of Marks and Spencer.

The open air market would continue – but traders would have to move to alloted new sites.

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Landlady of the demolished Cox’s pub, June Fletcher, said she could not believe it was all over.

She said: ‘I just can’t think beyond today. I have been here for 18 years.’