Paul England got in touch and sent me the picture of motorcyclists outside the fondly-remembered Bert’s Cafe on the A27 on the Portsmouth/Portchester boundary.
The picture was sent to him by someone who emigrated to New Zealand more than 40 years ago because Paul’s dad, Dave, is the biker on the extreme right.
The cafe was on the site now occupied by Mother Kelly’s fish and chip shop and Paul wonders if there are any other photos of it.
The only one I can lay my hands on is the second picture showing the original – a one-time paddle steamer called Solent which in her heyday plied between Lymington and Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
The boat had been launched in 1902.
But it was not until she was sold for scrap in the late 1940s that she was converted into a transport cafe.
More pictures and memories of Bert’s please.