Last month’s big fire on Southsea seafront, which destroyed the building that once housed the old Joanna’s nightspot, has echoes in history.
It prompted George Malcolmson, the archivist at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, to delve into his collection of photographs taken by the famous Southsea photographer Stephen Cribb.
And he found this one from July 1911, showing the nearby Royal Beach Hotel on fire.
The hotel is opposite South Parade Pier and, of course, that too has suffered its fair share of disasters.
The most famous of those was in June 1974, when the pier burned down during the making of the Ken Russell film Tommy.