Tickled pink by ostrich feathers

I'm sure many of you remember when high street shopping was a delight. Not necessarily buying something, but for a forgotten pastime called window shopping.

Sunday, 11th June 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 3:28 pm

I used to go for a stroll and could take an hour mooching along looking in shops to see what was going on.

Reading menus outside restaurants was delightful, even though I had no intention of eating.

Unfortunately, most of these shopping streets in Portsmouth have become coffee or charity shops and fast food restaurants.

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Imagine window shopping along Lake Road between Commercial Road and Fratton Road in years past.

There was Tamsett, cheese and butter factors; Hart’s, a cork manufacturer; Taylor’s, pork butchers; Mills & Rayner, hosier and glovers; Smith’s, piano tuners; Miss Frankard, ostrich feather importers; Blackman, boot and shoemaker; Cullis, bicycle manufacturer.

Did anyone work in these trades which are no longer with us?