Pub sign auction will help raise money in memory of Sue’s dad

Landlady of The Ship Anson, The Hard, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (123872-848)
Landlady of The Ship Anson, The Hard, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (123872-848)
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After pub landlady Sue O’Hagan lost her dad to cancer last year, she decided she wanted to give something back to charity.

And Sue, who runs The Ship Anson, at The Hard, in Portsea, will stay true to her word when she auctions off the pub’s inn sign for Macmillan Cancer Support and men’s health charity Movember on Saturday.

The sign, which displays a picture of Admiral Anson, who introduced the first Royal Navy uniform, was a replica based on the original one that came with the pub when it was built in 1922.

The replica, which is beginning to fall into disrepair, was due to be thrown away after Greene King refurbished the pub and replaced it with a new sign of a ship.

But Sue saw an auction as a perfect opportunity for locals to snap up a piece of history and raise money in memory of her dad Edward Maghie, 72.

The event will take place at 9pm.

Sue, who has been in charge of The Ship Anson for 16 years, said: ‘It’s a chance to give something back. The old sign was special and traditional and it’s loved by everyone.

‘I thought someone might like to have it.

‘The starting price will probably be £60 and we’re not looking for it to go too high because we want someone to buy it.’

The Ship Anson has a healthy trade made up of locals and tourists who are visiting some of Portsmouth’s most famous landmarks – including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Spinnaker Tower.

The pub is steeped in history.

It was originally split up into three different pubs – The London Tavern was where the smoking area at the back is, The King and Queen was found on the left-hand side of the bar and the original Ship Anson was found on the other side.

Famous faces have also appeared in the pub.

Six years ago Sue was delighted after Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May walked through the doors and enjoyed a pint.

And on the same day Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey also showed up.

Sue said: ‘This is a fantastic pub where anyone can come and relax. It was great seeing the celebrities in here.

‘They were fantastic with all the locals and the staff.

‘When people come in here they are instantly hit by the warmth and the comfort of the place.

‘It’s an amazing place to be.

‘The Hard is a fantastic location that is full of life.

‘There are so many wonderful, amazing people around here.’