Close your eyes and you can smell the fruit and veg in this old Gosport shop

Jestico's, Forton Road, Gosport, 1953
Jestico's, Forton Road, Gosport, 1953
The Purbrook team are, left to right, Jon Harvey, Elizabeth Norris and Peter Emmett

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Long-standing Gosport residents will undoubtedly remember Jestico’s the greengrocer at 45-47 Forton Road.

Geoff Jestico sent me the three pictures here which will bring memories flooding back, reminiscences which will certainly include the marvellous earthy smell associated with a traditional greengrocer’s shop.

Christmas trees for sale outside Jestico's, 1953

Christmas trees for sale outside Jestico's, 1953

His late father Harry owned the shop for 40 years and Geoff, 79, of Burney Road, Gosport, joined him straight from school before he was called up for National Service in the RAF in 1955.

That’s a young Geoff in the shop doorway with his father above in a picture taken two years earlier in 1953.

Immediately below is a seasonal picture of Christmas trees propped up outside the shop and beside the immaculate display of fruit and veg on which the Jesticos prided themselves, all perched on wooden crates. Harry is at the entrance.

Jestico's is on the extreme left here in a picture which is undated. Can you help?

Jestico's is on the extreme left here in a picture which is undated. Can you help?