Here is a lovely selection of pictures which might spark memories for older, pub-going readers.
How many of you recall the Spread Eagle in Arundel Street, Landport, Portsmouth?
Admittedly, you’ll need to go back a bit because it closed at the end of August 1972.
All today’s pictures were sent to me by Heather Marlow (née Forster) whose mother, Edna, was the last landlady.
She took over in 1952 from her aunt Lottie Lovell, known as Auntie Lot to her regulars.
The pub was demolished to make way for the widening of Arundel Street. It was more than a century old and Heather’s family ran it for its final 40 years.
She tells me her mum was about 38 when she ‘inherited’ the Spread Eagle and must have been one of the few women in the city to have her name above the door as licensee.
On its final night bouquets from customers lined the bar.
Earlier a tea trolley was presented to Edna by members of the Carberry Football Club who used the pub as their headquarters since its formation in 1957. They moved on to The Florist in Fratton Road.
Edna told The News: ‘This is a very sad time for us. Most of my customers are pensioners and now they’ll have to find somewhere else to spend their time.
‘I shall certainly miss them.’