Mike Noonan dropped me a line about the White Hart beer house I featured last Saturday. ‘It is the first picture I have seen of that pub. Great!’ he says. He only knew it in the days shortly before it closed and was demolished.
Alf Stocker Jnr, who had been a shipwright at Camper & Nicholsons at Gosport, followed his father into the pub trade.
He took over the King & Queen (now part of The Ship Anson on The Hard, Portsea) in 1966. Through him Mike got to know the old couple still running the White Hart at that time.
‘Two things stick in my mind – snuff and cats. The beer was all right though,’ Mike remembers. He was still in the navy and not sure when the old couple, who had been running the pub since 1934 finally had to leave, but reckons it was the late 1960s or early 1970s. Mike remembers they were put into a flat in Queen Street but sadly they did not last long. They died within days of each other if he remembers correctly. The pub had been their life for so long.
If anyone remembers Alf Stocker who ran the White Hart please let me know.