Shocked young deer too much for pub regulars

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Earlier this month I published a picture of The Belmont pub that stood at the bottom of Bedhampton Hill. After it was demolished another pub was built a short distance away on the Belmont estate.

I said it was also called The Belmont. Not at first, says Ian Oliver whose father took over the new pub which at first was called The Startled Fawn. A campaign by locals had the named changed to the original. Ian tells me the old pub sign was in the cellar when they arrived.

The photo taken from Fratton Station footbridge with flats in the background in Selbourne Terrace brought a memory from Pauline Palmer who tells me they were called Fratton Buildings and used by railwaymen and their families.

Her grandparents Mr & Mrs Frank Brown and their son Bill Brown and family all lived there. Frank was a guard and Bill worked in the parcels office at Portsmouth Harbour station.

After retirement Frank became the caretaker of the flats. Where the railway social club is now was a garden for the residents. Since those times the flats have been refurbished and are now called Selbourne Villas.

The Albertolli cafe pictured in Commercial Road was seen by Brian Pilcher who tells me he was a projectionist in the Palace cinema from 1951-52. It was called the Continental at that time and Brian was a regular there for his lunch.

In 1952 Brian moved north to the Savoy Cinema, near the Royal Hospital and much nearer his home in Victoria Street so no more Continental cafe visits.