Things you can no longer do in Portsmouth
With this evolution we have had to say goodbye to many favourites from shops to nightclubs and even the Tricorn. Here are 32 things you can no longer do in Portsmouth.
Who didn't love loading up on sweets on your trip to Woolies as a kid?! It is the big music festival in the city and takes over Southsea, but when it started it took place in the Historic Dockyard near HMS Victory. In the days before Netflix this was the way you had to go if you wanted to rent VHS films to watch on a night. Now the company no longer exists. This one still hurts, sadly this iconic city centre shop closed earlier this year. This cinema was lost in 2008 and now looks like something from I am Legend. This legendary department has now sadly closed after over a hundred years of trading and we are all going to miss it. If you went to watch Pompey before 1996 you will remember standing on the terraces, however seats were installed ahead of the 1996/97 season. The floodlight pylons had been an iconic part of Fratton Park for 57 years but they were taken down at the end of the season. The famed brutalist landmark was an iconic part of the city as was its car park. Sadly it's long been knocked down. This club once called the famous Tricorn Centre home. It was on the first floor of the iconic building. It was knocked down at the turn of the 21st century. This store was in the Tricorn and it used to be super popular, there would be queues extending out of the store! The President and other world leader's came to the city for the D-Day 75 anniversary earlier this year. Did you manage to see them? This market was loved by everyone in the city and it had all sorts on offer like fruit, veg, crockery and more. It was the best-known nightclub in Southsea and was dubbed the 'Royal Naval School of Dancing'. It shut down over a decade ago and since burned down. This track dated back to the 1930s and was part of the city until it closed in 2010. It was knocked down in 2012. While the shopping centre is still going strong, you can no longer dine out at its once famous food court. Do you remember the airport? It was open from 1932 and 1972. This pub was run by former Pompey player Jock Anderson who scored a goal in the 1939 F.A. Cup Final and was on Fawcett Road opposite Fratton Bridge. The entertainment store, popular for selling music and DVDs, in Gunwharf Quays shut down this year. One of the highlights of childhood was taking a trip to Toys R Us to search for your next beloved toy. Sadly it went into administration and shut. Once a hot spot for music, comedy and theatrical shows, it sadly shut down in 2015. This Roman-themed disco was classy affair with columns, statues and a chariot adorning the dancefloor. Punters went all out for their fancy dress and themed nights. The likes of Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd and Little Richard all performed here but it has since shut down. This old club used to be in Gunwharf Quays and it was very student friendly, but it was taken over and turned into Grosvenor Casino in 2012. While it is now Popworld, in the early 2000s it was Flares and you could get a pint for 1.50! This beloved nightclub was on Arundel Street but has sadly closed down. Once located in the Savoy Building on South Parade in Southsea. Time and Envy is another of the iconic nightlife venues that Portsmouth has been lost. If you were to travel back to Portsmouth in the 1960s or70s, it is likely you would have put on your dancing shoes and gone to The Mecca in Arundel Street. During the 1950s the Savoy's ballroom was a popular place to dance the night away. It later became a nightclub. Sadly the building has since been knocked down. A staple of the High Street for decades, BHS closed down in 2016 after going into administration. This iconic city centre gay bar sadly shut down and has now been turned into a Taco Bell. It only called Southsea Common home for a brief time before it burned down but has lived on long in our memories.