Any stories about this threatened pub on tap?

The Wymering Arms in 1947
The Wymering Arms in 1947
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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Yet another Portsmouth pub is under threat and the man running a campaign to save it is trying to collect memories of the hostelry before it might be too late.

As reported in The News, developers want to demolish The Wymering (formerly The Wymering Arms) in Medina Road, Wymering, and replace it with 15 flats.

Now Richard Palmer, of Brisbane Road, Wymering, who lives next door to the pub, and friend Ian Hayter, are spearheading a campaign to save the building.

Richard said the pub was commissioned by Portsmouth Corporation in the 1930s to support the newly-built Isle of Wight estate.

It opened in 1937, 10 years before this picture was taken.

Richard said: ‘War clouds were looming as Hitler drew up his plans to conquer the world. In less than two years the world would be at war.

‘Amid all this gloom, a shining beacon was about to be lit on the Isle of Wight Estate – The Wymering Arms would open its doors for the first time to welcome local residents.

‘The Wymering has remained at the heart of the neighbourhood ever since.’

Richard added: ‘Maybe it’s time to collect memories of this historic public house, to preserve for future generations.’

And he’s appealing for any old pictures of the pub or events inside it.

He added: ‘It would be great to hear stories of times gone by at The Wymering. What was the pub like during the Blitz?

‘What celebrations happened at the pub when England beat West Germany in the World Cup final in 1966?

‘Did the pub do anything to mark the moon landing in 1969?

‘Did they have a street party in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee?’

If you have any memories or photos to share, please get in touch and I’ll pass on your pictures and memories to Richard.