I have a mysql database, one of the fields which is set as a TEXT field, has data along the lines of

line1<br/>line2<br/>this is a test<br/>

The problem i'm having is when i echo this onto the PHP screen, it comes up as:

line1 line2 this is a test

Then if i look in the source code, the source code for the page is

this is a test

I want this to be reversed so I get the correct output on my PHP page and the tags in the source code, does anyone know how I can do this? I've looked through the PHP manual and tried different functions such as htmlspecialchars, however none of them seem to make a difference.