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Remembering Huddersfield's forgotten high street shops

Our readers pile in with their memories of shops which have disappeared from Huddersfield's main shopping streets

Price Less shoes, New Street, Huddersfield.

With the news Benetton is coming back to New Street we've taken a look at what shops used to adorn Huddersfield's main shopping streets.

The upmarket fashion retailer (anyone remember the price of socks in there?) takes over former Beaumont's Opticians and took us back to the likes of Woolworths, Zavvi and the lesser known Price Less Shoes.

We put a call out on Facebook for your memories of old shops and 256 comments later you're still remembering where you used to spend your £2.50 on a Saturday afternoon.

Linda Wheatley said: "I REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD SHOPS. Chelsea girl. And record shop in packhorse."

Badlands Record Shop was very popular in people's memories.

We've put together a gallery below of some of the shop fronts we had in our archive.

 

Reader John Richardson was one of those on a right roll, reeling off: ".Princess Cinema, Empire Cinema,Hong Kong Restaurant, Mandolin Restaurant, Dagastenos coffee bars, Army careers office, Painted Wagon Pub, ABC cinema, The Organ Loft. My I am getting old."

Meanwhile Hannah Quarmby said: "I can remember a good few places...early and mid 80's... Kays with black exterior and gold lettering, the iron lift - loved that - felt v special going in that with my gran in late 70's ! Wasn't that where Santander is now? 80's.. Jeanery which was by Merrie England, C & A, Kingsgate wasn't Kingsgate, Byram Street looked very different too... God I feel old."

So the general view seems to be that the high streets have seen plenty of shopping change but our memories for the letters above the door are surprisingly good.

 

Where do you remember? Let us know in the comments below and if you have any pictures of how the high streets have looked send them to fiona.lumb@examiner.co.uk

Want more nostalgia? See if you recognise any of these faces from 1988

 

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