NOSTALGIA: It seems like only yesterday '“ when petrol was justÂ 9p a litreÂ Â
InÂ 1984, a formerÂ sub-editor at The News, Anthony Triggs, went about taking then and now photographs to produce his bookÂ PortsmouthÂ '“ Â Past and Present.Â
TonyÂ has let me retake the picturesÂ he took 34 years ago andÂ the changesÂ are amazing. I'm used to re-taking photographs from 100Â years ago so it's good to re-takeÂ some from the recent past. InÂ the coming daysÂ I will include them here.
I begin with London Road,Â Hilsea, when four-star petrol was just 40.5p'¦ a gallon.Â There are bigÂ changes between the two images. To the right is the former bus garage which later became a dairy. BeyondÂ Â that is the Texaco garage. There is also lighting in theÂ middle of the road.
In 2018 the bus station has gone and replaced by aÂ block of flats. The Texaco garage is now a car showroom and thoseÂ lightsÂ haveÂ been moved toÂ the pavement.Â The Shell garageÂ is still operational, the biggest difference being the cost of fuel. ThenÂ a gallonÂ cost 40.5p. Today it's Â£1.25 aÂ litre.