Memories of the Southsea-Ryde hovercraft

The Whisperer’s mention in last week’s routeone of the Johnsons excursions to the Isle of Wight by hovercraft [routeone/Whisperer/12 February] reminded me of my happy times in coaching, when planning day trips at Smiths Imperial Coaches and later Bowens – both of which included trips throughout the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s to Southsea, where the hovercraft would take passengers across the Ryde.

As they say, there’s ‘nothing new’ here, but many congratulations to my former colleague, Barry Cobb, who I know works hard to produce some fabulous programmes for Johnsons – he and the firm deserve every success.hovercraft memories