My weekend: Linda Symes

Linda Symes
Linda Symes
The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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Linda Symes, 65, from Southsea is a Portsmouth City Council cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport.

Where was the last place you went away to?

My last trip abroad was to Poland. I visited Krakow, which is a beautiful city. I took a trip to Auschwitz concentration camp which was such an extrodinary place. I would recommend anyone to go and visit.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

I went to see Gone Girl at Gunwharf Quays with my daughter when she came to visit. I prefer the book as I wasn’t that impressed with the film.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

It has to be walking my dog Sophie along the seafront (right). I find Southsea such a peaceful place and there is always something to look at and something going on. I also like to go to the cafes along Clarence Esplanade in the evenings, such as Mozzarella Joe’s.

Which TV programmes do you avoid?

I don’t really watch a lot of TV but I definitely avoid reality TV shows such as Big Brother and The X Factor. I just think it’s so demeaning for people as they are constantly shouted at and told they are not good enough. It’s not very encouraging and it sends out a negative message to people.

Where do you eat out?

I’m very lucky that I live near Albert Road, Southsea, which is full of all types of food from different countries. I like Noble House, which is a Chinese restaurant, and Nemrut, which serves Turkish food. I like to eat at Restaurant 27 which is along the Parade and also The Wave Maiden, which is a great cheese and beer place. I like the restaurants at Gunwharf Quays but they are mostly chains. I like to show my support for local businesses.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

What’s great about Portsmouth is that there is always something going on. There is the Historic Dockyard, Southsea Castle, the D-Day Museum, Gunwharf Quays andthe Royal Marines Museum are just to name a few. They always put on special events all year round so there is always something different to see every time you visit.

And what about a day trip further afield?

We are so lucky that we have wonderful countryside here in Hampshire. I like to visit Victoria Country Park in Netley (right) and Stansted House just outside of Chichester. I like to go to Winchester and Chichester as there are lots of things to see there. I like to treat my grandchildren to a trip to Paultons Park every now and again. I also like to take the occasional trip to London and go to the theatre, but wherever I go I always like coming back to Portsmouth.

And finally, do you have any hobbies?

I like walking, reading and anything to do with history as I find it fascinating. I really like to go abroad and visit different countries and experience different cultures. I like meeting people from diverse backgrounds and learning from them.