‘We’re losing our identity’: Reaction to scrapping of Portsmouth postmark

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Critics say that scrapping Portsmouth’s postmark has robbed the city of some of its identity.

There has been widespread reaction to the decision by Royal Mail, which led to criticism by Portsmouth civic leaders.

Some readers commenting on The News’ Facebook page said that the move didn’t make any real difference, but many complained at the replacement of the Portsmouth frank with one naming the city’s traditional rival, Southampton.

And there was strong reaction among people to whom we spoke in Portsmouth.

John Vincent, 69, of Baffins, said: ‘We are obviously losing our identity.

‘Portsmouth is a city. I know at the end of the day it’s just a postmark, but this is a major city that is equal to Southampton.

‘It’s quite sad really – but it all seems like it’s being done for money.

‘Soon, we will be part of Southampton, and that’s what we will end up getting called one day.’

John Lewis worker Brian Nurse, 68, of Outram Road, Southsea, said: ‘I would prefer the post to say that it’s from Portsmouth.

‘It’s similar to when the Spinnaker Tower was going to be painted red and white, like the colours of Southampton.

‘People were also very unhappy about that.’

Hayley Woodward, 52, of Southsea, said: ‘Portsmouth will lose a bit of its identity.

‘I already have problems sometimes receiving my mail.

‘If there is the name of another city on my post, that could make it a bit more confusing in terms of the mail getting to me directly.’

Local musician Gerard Donnelly, 28, of Southsea, said: ‘I would wholeheartedly agree that Portsmouth has lost part of its identity.

‘It’s like Portsmouth is being put in the background a little bit.

‘If your post is from Portsmouth then it should say on it that it’s from Portsmouth.’

And Leo Ciccarone, of Southsea, said: ‘It’s terrible.

‘It’s not appropriate; we are in Portsmouth and people want to know where their letters come from.

‘It would be far better to know the origin of the mail.’