IT WAS July 24, 1924, the day of the royal visit to Southampton and the former Parkers Hotel near the old Terminus Station in Southampton had the flags out for the occasion.

The Prince of Wales was due to pass the pub, now called the Flying Dutchman, on his way to officially open the old floating dry dock in the port, and the landlord was determined the royal party would see the display.

Daily Echo:

Garlands, bunting and Prince of Wales feathers all decorated the front of the building, while a group, including a party of sailors, waited outside to see the Prince of Wales.

Although the pub still stands on the same site, times have changed – Bridge Street is now Bernard Street.

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