Threatened pub’s history comes to life in old snaps

The Legg family's wedding reception
The Legg family's wedding reception
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Several of you have responded to the appeal for memories of the Wymering Arms in Portsmouth.

The pub, in Medina Road, Wymering, is under threat from developers and Richard Palmer, who lives next door in Brighstone Road, wants to save the building and is also hoping to gather memories of the building.

Lorraine Phillips (nee Legg), of Prospect Lane, Havant, sent pictures of her parents’ wedding reception in 1956 in the upstairs function room.

She said her mum Dorothy (nee Patrick) was a barmaid at the Wymering while her dad, William Legg, was a milkman by day and barman at the pub at night.

Lorraine said: ‘I remember when I was about five in 1962 they were both still working there and my father was awarded a head barman medallion to wear around his neck.

‘I am in the process of searching for my family history and this pub featured in our lives for many years.

‘I commend the campaign to save it because too many buildings from the past get demolished.’

And Edna Thomas, of Kelvin Grove, Portchester, wrote to say that her aunt’s parents were landlords of the Wymering Arms in the 1940s.

‘They were a Mr and Mrs Perkins and their daughter Frances – my aunt – served behind the bar.’ They are now all dead, she said.

But Edna sent the only picture she has of Mr and Mrs Perkins – a picture taken at her wedding outside St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road, Portsmouth. Mr and Mrs Perkins are the couple in the front wearing the dark clothes and their daughter is peeping out from behind Mrs Perkins.

Keep them coming please.