HERE, we have a selection of splendid colour photographs taken from the collection of the late Brian Greening.

Brian’s photographs, notes and memorabilia are currently in private hands and are being sorted and archived for eventual display.

Here is an assortment showing Newport in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

They are as follows:

Orchard Street, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: Orchard Street.Orchard Street. (Image: County Press)

Orchard Street had been earmarked as the location for the new Lord Louis Library.

By 1969, when this photo was taken, all the residents had left their homes which were then boarded up awaiting the new development.

It was a long wait. The library was not built until 1981.

Bus Station, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: Newport bus station.Newport bus station. (Image: County Press)

Newport bus station seen here in the mid ‘80s.

It ended the practice of buses leaving from stands in St James Square.

Westridge Construction won the contract to build the new bus station.

Work began in the summer of 1961, and it opened in May 1962 at a cost of just over £100,000.

BRS Quay Street, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: BRS Quay Street.BRS Quay Street. (Image: County Press)

The lower end of Quay Street was dominated by the British Road Services depot.

BRS, as it was known, was taken over in the 1980s and became Roadline, part of Exel today, and the depot became redundant.

Along with adjacent housing, it was demolished to make way for the new Law Courts.

St James Square, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: St James Square.St James Square. (Image: County Press)

It’s the early ‘70s and it’s a very different St James Square.

Pop into Wadhams to choose some furniture and then nip across the road for a sticky bun and a cup of tea in Weeks.

A picture to linger over.

Sea Street, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: Sea Street.Sea Street. (Image: County Press)

In the early ‘70s the council demolished the elegant warehouses that lined the Sea Street riverside, despite protests that the buildings were basically sound and could be converted to living accommodation or offices.

Today, a car park is all that is left.

Little London, Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: Little London.Little London. (Image: County Press)

The Quayside at Little London in the mid or late ‘70s.

Its commercial days are pretty well over, with the exception of Sharps, the timber merchant, whose goods can be seen on the quay.

On the other side, the Bargemans has yet to be built and the brewery building is just hanging on in the distance.