The PortsmouthÂ chippy whose range was powered by coke '“Â Nostalgia
You may remember last week I mentioned a fish and chip shop located in Fratton Road Â but could not remember the name.Â
I was contacted by several readers, including Graham Salt, who told me: 'The chippy you're thinking of was Dikes on the west side of Fratton Road, between Gunner Street (more or less where Lake Road is now) and Kilmiston Street, diagonally opposite the Florist public house. Â
'Dikes was our local chippy at 299, Fratton Road and its range was powered by coke. On the same side of the road as Dikes was Musical Homes, at 273/275 Fratton Road.
'I used to live aboveÂ '˜'Lennies'' at 8, St Mary's Crescent, opposite St Mary's Institute, as it was once known.'
Several of you spelled the name Dyke, but in two Kelly's directory's I have the name is spelledÂ Dike.
SoÂ now let's go around the corner into Lake Road, as it once was.
Those of you who remember it as it was will know that the comparison between then and now is as different asÂ chalk and cheese.
There was a well-known Portsmouth saying that becauseÂ there were so many pubs along Lake Road, if you started a pub crawl at the Fratton Road end you would not reach the other end at Commercial Road before you passed out.
Anyway, I digress...
I also heard from Anna Pattenden whoseÂ family had two businesses in Lake Road. Firstly, she got in touch and confirmed the fish and chip shopÂ was called Dikes and she remembers that Mrs Dike used to weighÂ the fish before frying it. Â
One of Anna's family's businessesÂ was the cycle shop HeywoodÂ & Sons which was run by Anna's grandparents at 270/272 Lake Road. Many of you will remember it, I'm certain.
And her father, George Pattenden, had a jeweller's a couple of doors away at Â 264, Lake Road.
When swathes of Lake Road were demolished the cycle shop later moved to Copnor Road and was run by Anna's uncle Ron Heywood.
'¢ I have mentioned previously thatÂ next week I shallÂ be writing about the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review of 1977.
Captain Gordon Walwyn RN Rtd, who planned and organised the day, has given me access to his papers and files plus many fantasticÂ photographs.
As another taster for next week, today I publish this aerial view of the royal yacht Britannia passing through the lines of ships. In the foregroundÂ is Fort Gilkicker at Gosport and across the water on the right is Ryde with itsÂ pier jutting out to sea.Â
I am sure there must be many still living in the area who took part in the review and the pages will bring back many memories. You might even see yourself.