Now, that’s what you call a seafront!

South Parade Pier in the 1920s
South Parade Pier in the 1920s
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Pictured in the 1920s, we see South Parade Pier and the prom in all its glory. Hundreds, if not thousands of residents and tourists walk the esplanade and out along the pier.

Charabancs are parked up against the railings, with their drivers no doubt taking a deserved but crafty pint somewhere.

South Parade Pier today

South Parade Pier today

On the right is the Royal Beach Hotel and no doubt the No Vacancies sign was up in the window. What a fantastic place Southsea must have been in those far-off days.

Compare it to the same view today. The pier is but a shadow of its former self.

The Royal Beach Hotel still looks out towards the Solent, but the people and charabancs have passed into another time.

For what it’s worth, my personal opinion is that, after the devastating fire during the fiming of Tommy in 1974, it should have been rebuilt or demolished.