A ride on a number 5 bus
I haven’t been to George Street for years as I no longer live in the area, but it was certainly one of my favourite places as a child in the 1950s. When I was old enough to be allowed ‘down the town’ on my own on a Saturday, a bus ride on a 5 or a 5B from the Grenadier Public House to the top of George Street, would soon bring me to my idea of shopping heaven.
The fascination of the ‘Top Twenty’
I remember the ‘Wickham, Kimber and Oakley’ record shop, quite near the bottom of George Street on the left-hand side. I bet it’s long gone of course. They always displayed the ‘Top Twenty’ or ‘Hit Parade’ chart in the window. Of course I was of an age that this information held endless fascination for me. It was some time before I had enough money or courage actually to go into the shop. It is especially memorable because it was the place where I bought my very first single. This prized possession was a 78rpm version of ‘Tom Dooley’ by Lonnie Donegan, which, as we all remember, cost 6s 8d.
Buying broken biscuits
From a somewhat earlier phase, and on a slightly different tack, I remember a shop on the other side of the road nearer the top, which sold just biscuits. They were loose in big tins and the assistants would weigh out what you wanted. They had an endless selection of all the most wonderful biscuits you could imagine.I remember going there with my parents frequently and them buying a pound of broken biscuits!
Do you remember the record shop? What records did you buy there and how much were they? What about the biscuit shop? Did you ever buy broken biscuits there? Please share your memories with us by posting a comment below.