Here's 26 reasons why we're proud to come from Portsmouth - from A to Z

PORTSMOUTH is a fabulous place to live, work and grow up in.

By Matthew Mohan-Hickson
Friday, 21st June 2019, 5:03 pm
A to Z to be proud of Portsmouth
A to Z to be proud of Portsmouth

While we all know Pompey is a great city, if you were looking for evidence to back up that claim – there is plenty from famous residents to war heroes, museums and landmarks. Here are 26 reasons to be proud of Portsmouth from A to Z: 

Born in Portsmouth in 1854, Hertha was a trail blazing engineer. She was awarded the prestigious Hughes Medal in 1906 for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.
Part of the Historic Dockyard this attraction combines an interactive exhibition highlighting Portsmouth's naval past with a brasserie overlooking the harbour.
Iconic Victorian author Charles Dickens was actually born here in Portsmouth. There is his birthplace museum and a statue in the city centre to help highlight his association with our city.
Portsmouth played a huge role in the D-Day invasion, as shown in the recent 75th anniversary commemorations. This museum in Southsea helps mark the city's part in one of the turning points of the Second World War.
This museum is in a Grade II-listed house that dates back to 1880s. It was a Victorian engine house and still contains a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps.
One of the most iconic stadiums in the country, Fratton Park has been home to Pompey since the turn of the 20th century through thick and thin.
Right in the heart of the city, this impressive building dates back to the 1890s and was designed in a neo-classical style. It is a multi-use venue used for everything from music concerts to council meetings and graduation.
Celebrate Portsmouth proud naval past at the Historic Dockyard museum.
This famous engineer was born in Portsmouth in 1806 and became one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution. He has pubs and roads in the city named after him
A World War Two veteran and longtime steward at Fratton Park, John is definitely one of the best of us. He took on a starring role during the D-Day 75 anniversary ceremony in Southsea.
Opened in the early 20th century, this theatre is still at the heart of entertainment in Southsea and Portsmouth. From top comedians to plays.
Used by Sir Alec Rose when he single-handedly circumnavigated the world between 1967-68. It has recently been restored and sailed back to Port Solent last year.
One of Henry VIII's warships, the Mary Rose sank in 1545 during the Battle of the Solent. She was eventually rediscovered and raised in 1982. She now has her own museum in the Historic Dockyard.
Portsmouth is considered the home of the Royal Navy, with a long historical association with it. HMNB Portsmouth is the home base of HMS Queen Elizabeth and soon-to-be for her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales.
From the cobble streets to a number of landmarks including Portsmouth Cathedral, Royal Garrison Church, the Round Tower and the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth is one of the most iconic parts of the city.
No seaside town or city in Britain would be complete without a pier and Portsmouth has two great ones - South Parade Pier and Clarence Pier. The latter featuring a number of amusements.
The future flagship of the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth is a magnificent ship and we should all be proud that she calls Portsmouth her home base.
Located in Old Portsmouth, this is the oldest fortification in the city. Work began on it in 1418 and it was built to defend the entrance to the harbour. Now it is open to the public and you can climb to the top and take in the views.
Perhaps the most famous landmark on the Portsmouth skyline, the Spinnaker Tower can be seen from much of the city.
Southsea Castle was built during the reign of Henry VIII as he built up his defences against the French. In the Cowdray engraving the castle can be seen during the Battle of the Solent in 1545.
Recently ranked as the 21st best in the country in the Guardian University Guide, it's highest position ever - there is plenty to be proud of with the city's university.
Lord Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalger, this warship participated in one of Britain's most famous naval victories. She now calls Portsmouth home and you can go and visit her.
One of the Royal Navy's first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, HMS Warrior is now berthed in the harbour as part of the Historic Dockyard. She is a reminder of Portsmouth's proud naval history.
The Dickens Christmas Festival transforms the historic dockyard into a celebration of Victorian festivities. The city centre also has its own Christmas market throughout December.
The Yomper Statue was unveiled in the 90s and it commemorates all of the Royal Marines and those who served with them during the Falklands War.
Portsmouth has always been able to attract major music talent, from the artists playing Victorious and South Central Festivals to Led Zeppelin who played a gig at the Guildhall in 1970.