Inside Portsmouth’s lost party shop which filled customers with joy for a century

U-Need-Us was a fixture of the city centre for almost a century.

Friday, 18th September 2020, 2:33 pm
Steve Searle and Sarah Wellham hold a Portsmouth scarf outside U-Need-Us in May 2010 ahead of the FA Cup final which Pompey played in. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (101530-1)
Steve Searle and Sarah Wellham hold a Portsmouth scarf outside U-Need-Us in May 2010 ahead of the FA Cup final which Pompey played in. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (101530-1)

The party shop on the corner of Arundel and Slindon Street closed its doors for the final time in 2019.

It had called the spot home for 95 years and many residents have fond memories of the store.

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Stephen Searle, manager of the U-Need-Us in 2005. Picture: Michael Scaddan

We decided to dive into The News archives to find old pictures of U-Need-Us.

So here are throwback photos from the shop over the years.

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Christmas crackers from U-Need-Us. Picture: Simon Hart
Christmas decorations from U-Need-Us. Picture: Simon Hart
U-Need-Us staff members (l-r) sisters Karen Knipe and Tracey Knipe get the street party started outside the store in February 2011. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110573-296)
U-Need-Us staff (l-r) Allison Brookes (correct), Karen Knipe, Tracey Knipe and Steve Searle get the street party started outside the store in February 2011. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110573-278)
U-Need-Us staff (l-r) Tracey Knipe and Steve Searle help get the street party started outside the store in February 2011. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110573-233)
Staff from U-Need-Us (l-r) sisters Karen Knipe and Tracey Knipe get the street party started outside the store in February 2011. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110573-322)
Here is what the outside of U-Need-Us looked like as it celebrated its 95th Anniversary in 2018. Picture: Vernon Nash (180396-002)
Card magician Roy Charles in the store as U-Need-Us celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2018. Picture: Vernon Nash (180396-008)
Lord Mayor Cllr Lee Mason prepares to cut the anniversary cake with the owners and staff of the shop as U-Need-Us celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2018. Picture: Vernon Nash (180396-007)
Sarah Jobe and Clare Searle with the 95th Anniversary cake at U-Need-Us in 2018. Picture: Vernon Nash (180396-005)
Amanda Marshall was shopping for tiaras for a friend's Hen Night as U-Need-Us celebrate its 95th anniversary in 2018. Picture: Vernon Nash (180396-004)
Shop assistant Jade Thompson (19) holds balloons as U-Need-Us celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2018. Picture: Vernon Nash (180396-003)
Tina Mula 47 with Dahlia 1 outside U-Need-Us in 2019. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Natalie Ennis outside U-Need-Us in 2019. Picture: Habibur Rahman
The Searle family including manager Steve Searle, back left, with customers, front left to right, Salina Coleman, Elizabeth Jones, 15, and Andrew Jones at U-Need-Us on its last day of trading in 2019. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (300319-24)
Matthias Hepworth and his children, Ben, 8, and Sophia, 11, outside U-Need-Us on its last day of trading. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (300319-21)
Matthias Hepworth and his children, Ben, 8, and Sophia, 11, outside U-Need-Us on its last day of trading. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (300319-20)
U-Need-Us on its last day of trading in 2019. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (300319-18)
Linda Brown and Lucy Parrett, 44, outside U-Need-Us in 2019. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Steve Searle and Sarah Wellham hold a Portsmouth scarf outside U-Need-Us in May 2010 ahead of the FA Cup final which Pompey played in. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (101530-1)