IN the 1960s, the Southampton and District Ladies’ Auxiliary League of the Licensed Trade was always keen to organise outings – whether abroad or nearer to home.

Ten Southampton hotel landladies sailed from the former Ocean Terminal in the docks on board Netherlands-USA line Rotterdam. They were bound for the Netherlands where they planned to spend a few days visiting distilleries.

The top photo was taken on the quayside at the time and features Helen Snow of Portland Arms, Southampton; Vera Hampton of the New Inn, Sarisbury; Peggy Clark of the Forest Home, Hythe; Connie Smith of the Park Inn, Southampton; Florence McCarthy of the Home Tavern, Eastleigh; Doris Crouch of the Albion, Bevois Valley, Southampton; Stella Coles of the Prince of Wales, Eastleigh; Doris Whetman of The Railway, Woolston, Southampton; Edna Farmer of the Sidford Inn, Shirley, Southampton and Alice Wallace of the Red Lion, Southampton.

Less than five years later, in July 1968, a party of 22 members of the Southampton club were snapped before setting off on another one of their trips – this time to going to Guiness Brewery at Park Royal, London, where they were invited to spend the day. That picture is the bottom of the two.