A little off the subject as it is about Part A and Part B of the Second and First Class Certificates. I was at East Park Terrace in the late 70s and lived (or existed) in a basement flat in Henstead Road. Twice every day I walked past the Titanic Memorial. After night study I would tread the few steps to The Cricketers and unwind with a pint. Later on I moved to Alresford where there was a very nice life with great country pubs, and cricket on the weekends.
Lecturers were Messrs Keith Lacey (the best), Rod Allen, Mitchell, Polden and Butler (a gentleman). At the end of each course there was a visit to the fourth floor of South Western House in a suit, and a return to The Angel where everyone gathered on those important days. Some were grinners, some not.
Years later I was managing tankers which often discharged at Fawley, and had many trips to Southampton. The centre of the roundabout where we parked is now a hotel, South Western House a restaurant and apartments, and the town not nice as has been pointed out.
I went to The Angel - the door was locked but there were people inside. When they opened it I was asked whether I supported Southampton or Cardiff. I said neither, and that it had been my local pub many years ago. They let me in and locked the door to keep the Cardiff supporters out. Southampton had won, apparently.
I loved Southampton years ago - it was my first port in the UK, where I opened my first Sterling bank account, where I had great times at college, and success with certificates. Better not to go back.