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Saturday, 14 April 2012

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Join our guide for the day, Senior Citizen and Nottingham resident Bartholomew Utterswaite, for a walk down Along Bulwell Main Street today, comparing the same walk with that of 1963, when your guide was working on that same street.

We stroll from what today is the KFC take away, at the end of Hucknall Lane along Main Street into Bulwell Market and the train and tram Station.

We start off at:
2012:
The recently ram raided Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet.
1963:
Where stood the proud Adelphi cinema, tickets from 9d (4p) to 1/3d (5¼p).

2012:
On our left, is a second hand car showroom, offering on the front, a 1992 Land Rover for £3,999.
1963:
On the same spot, amazingly, there was a Land Rover dealership outlet, offering a new Land Rover at £2,935.

2012:
Further up on the left, stands the dilapidated old Sharp's Vauxhall Dealership premises - destroyed when travellers used it as a base some years ago, and been for sale or rent ever since, no takers though.
1963:
Sharp's Vauxhall Dealership premises, offering the new Chevette from a price of £1,593!

2012:
On our right, the Cancer Research charity shop, that was in the news recently when they were raided by two local yobs.
1963:
Two cottages, later bought by investors and sold to Councillor Arbuthnot.

2012:
Further along, the ExtraCharity shop, with furniture etc available for those in need.
1963:
A motorbike shop. With the new Honda 50 cub at under £100 for sale.

2012:
The new Tesco now stand on our left - as yet not raided or fire bombed, but it's new, give them time. The local shoplifters took to it straight away.
1963:
The Scots Grey public House, beer at 1/- (5p) a pint, skittles alley, darts, dominoes, tip-it, bar skittles, shove halfpenny, fags at 3/2d (15¼p) for twenty, good company, and a buxom landlady... ah memories!

2012:
As we veer left to main shopping part of the road, come across, a closed down retail unit, another charity shop, a closed down retail unit, a stationery shop, a bank, another charity shop, a closed down retail unit, a closed down retail unit, a cake shop, a bank, a building society, a closed down retail unit, a butchers, Iceland, a cheap food shop, a closed down retail unit, a shoe shop, a charity shop, a pub, a bingo shop, a buy your gold shop, a closed down retail unit, the ATM that was raided last week outside the bank, the alleyway where the two women were attacked last February, and the ram raided jewellery store that has not opened since, Ali's newspaper shop, a closed down retail unit, finally near the market place, the Wilko's store that was broken into last weekend.
1963:
There was, a newspaper shop, a sweet shop, a greengrocers, a wet fishmongers, a chip shop, a second hand shop, a bank, a police station, two pubs, a butchers, a cake shop, a Sanderson's Tripe shop, a Fine Fare supermarket, a Cycle shop, a hairdressers, a hardware shop, a bakers, Roses shoe shop, a Farrand's grocery shop, a post office, and a wines and spirits shop.

2012:
Now at the market: It has all been pedestrianised, the market is no longer held five days a week, but three, and the 54 stalls that used to be there, are down to about 18. Bakers, three greengrocers stalls of sorts, socks & gloves stalls, hot-cold take-away foods, fishmongers van, four women's clothes stalls, games stall, DVD stall, Accident insurers/claims people lurking, and depressed big issue sellers were there on the day of our visit.
1963:
Then, there were several greengrocery stalls, two bakery stalls, two butchers stalls, pottery stalls, a fishmonger, a hot pie and peas whelks etc stall, a chip shop van, a grocery stall, a florist stall, Mens-wear stalls, ladies-wear stalls, shoe stalls, toy stalls, record stalls, hardware stalls, sweet stalls, etc. The trolley buses terminus around the traffic island. (3d [1¼p]maximum fare)

2012:
Around the market: Greggs hot food (20% VAT), Cohen's Jewellery shop, cheap freezer centre, cheap foods, a pound shop, stationers, a butcher who sells his meat by the tray with no weights indicated, a book shop, JCP benefits office, the Police Station torched in the riots (still closed), the bus station (£1.40 maximum fare), café's, the canal (where the two kids threw another kid into it last January), the new Tram stop, the highly ignore pedestrian crossing,
1963:
Marsden's Grocers (I worked there), Newspaper shop, sweet shop, shoe shop, Jewellery store, Woolworth's, Elmo supermarket, Co-op grocers, pub, the butchers who sold the glorious beef dripping with jelly, Chip shop, Police Station, furniture shop, record shop, and a Cowheel, tripe, pie & jellied eel shop.

The sound of the market in 1963 were those of the barkers selling their wares and food, the bus conductors calling out to the passengers, the laughter of the children and their mothers telling them off, and the occasional sound of traffic. (The trolley buses made no noise other than that of their tyres)
Today, we heard the constant stream of bad language coming from the kids, while their mothers ignored them as they were using their mobile phones to shout down, and the sound of emergency services sirens seemed to be always in the air.

Never mind eh!

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