Sorry to read about this Peter. Along with many others, following the Photobucket debacle, I migrated to Imgur as my photo hosting site (but never upload anything that isn't already safely saved on my own PC with an auto backup portable hard disk running plus regular periiodic DVD backups. Personally I don't get on with Flickr as I find it "lumpy" and awkward to use although I do acknowledge that a lot of people do seem to like it and use it as their preferred online hosting facility.
As a free hosting site that is very easy to use, just a couple of clicks to upload to it and literally a couple to select an image for posting on a forum and post it, I have not found a better facility than Imgur. I''ve been using Imgur for about a year now.