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Coventry's lost shops
1950 - 1990

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Looking around the precinct at the shops we have today takes me back to the those black and white television days.
How many of us stood in the booth's listening to the new sounds in the hit parade at Jill Hanson's record shop in Market Way.Even getting stationary and books for school from Midland Educational next to the now gone Bug and Black bat pub in the City Arcade.

When you needed a quick trim from Jackson's the hairdressers in the Lower Precinct.
So many large stores have come and gone C&A,Owen Owen and of course Woolworths.It's good to see Marks and Spencers and British Home Stores still where they have been for 50 years.

Well still feel like going into the Central Library and do some disco dancing forgetting it's no longer the Locarno of Tiffany's (remember seeing Debbie Harry and Blondie there 1978)

People tell me about old cafe's we had such the Lyon's cafe which was in Broadgate just after the war.I remember those temporary buildings that were built in Broadgate after the bombing and were still there in 1970.It's hard to imagine people came on day trips not just to see both Cathedrals but to visit our shopping centre,the first of it's kind in the country.

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yes...jill hansons....quite small inside but to me at 14/15 what a place. I recall deleivering leaflets for fine fare in kenilworth , getting paid , catching the midland red 517 to cov , and buying sticky fingers by the stones in jill hansons. And then there was hits misses and vintage records in far gosford street...FAB place
Roland Payne


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