Five-a-day on tap in Eastney waiting room

The painting of Highland Road from the corner of Adair Road, Eastney.
The painting of Highland Road from the corner of Adair Road, Eastney.
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On Thursday, July 3, I published a couple of ‘then and now’ photographs of the junction of Prince Albert Road and Highland Road, Eastney.

I received an e-mail from Margaret Larwood telling me that a van seen behind the trolley bus in that picture belonged to her father who owned a

fruiterer’s and greengrocer’s shop located behind the bus.

The grocers on the corner of Prince Albert Road was called the Economical Stores. The owner was a Ron Mumford when Margaret lived there. He retired and moved to Canvey Island. Between the two shops was Lavers, a gentlemen’s outfitters.

The shops were purchased under a compulsory purchase order in the mid-1960s and when the surgery was built Margaret registered her family there.

When sitting in the waiting room she said it was like sitting in the front of the shop. Very strange.

In 1961 Margaret and her husband David lived in Priory Road with their two children. Eastney was a very busy place then with a variety of pubs and shops.

In 1969 the family moved to Purbrook but returned to Eastney in 1977 when her husband retired from the Royal Marines. They took over the licence of the RMA Tavern in Cromwell Road where they remained until 1991.

Margaret sent me a copy of the painting that hangs in her house. The shop with the awning was her father’s then Lavers outfitters and on the corner the Economical Stores.

John Bryant from Hayling Island tells me his wife’s parents, Terry and Mary Verrier, owned a sweet shop next to Threadingham’s cycle shop but had given it up by 1961.

Terry worked for the council and Mary, now aged 91, went into nursing. She retired as assistant matron at St Mary’s Hospital. She was recently honoured with an award from Portsmouth City Council.

John also says that Baits was a shoe shop rather than a bootmaker. The car behind the trolley bus was an MG TF which he used to hanker after.

On July 4, I published a picture of the demolition of Church Street, Landport. In it was a lad passing the scene on a bicycle and John thinks he might have known the lad as the cap with the flash on it denotes he was a pupil of Mile End House School.

John attended the school from 1958 until Christmas 1961 when he left and entered the dockyard as an engineer fitter apprentice.