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Carol Hawke describes the Saturday shopping buzz on South Road during the 1970s.
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Q What was Walkley like during the 1960s & 70s?
A Thriving! Busy; honestly, you couldn’t move on South Rd on a Saturday morning. Particularly at that time; in the 1970s, the mid-70s, I used to work in Farmgate with me husband & there were queues; everywhere you went, people queueing up ~ queueing at the fish shop, the butchers. Even though there were loads of ‘em, they were all busy & you could walk from the end of South Rd right up to Commonside & it was just thriving, really thriving. And it’s just amazing, really. And a buzz ~ you could hear the, like a market-type thing, really. Yeah; it was good.
Q Where did you go shopping?
A Me Mum used to go to Lipton’s that used to be at the top of Industry St. I can remember that. That’s perhaps an early memory because she’d still got the ration book so I’d only be … that was in the late 40s/early 50s and she used to change the coupons at Lipton’s. Then it got really posh & there was a Gower’s and Burgin’s on this side of the road and she used to go there. And the butcher’s she used to go – it was Tandy’s but not Tandy’s right at the end of the road. It was near where Vito’s is now; near where Dave Marshall used to be. That was a butcher’s and she used to always shop there. And fruit shop; there used to be a little beer-off called Wilson’s, where the beer-off is now, that was Wilson’s. We used to go a lot in there & Gierschicks that used to be Chester Barker’s. All, basically, in more or less the same block. And she used to shop at Bowater’s when it was a “posh shop” – it was a haberdashery. And Hawksford’s as well; she used to go in there and I can always remember Hawksford’s – that’s where the fireplace shop is now. And that was haberdashery and it was like something out of “Are You Being Served” [popular TV comedy] and they used to put the money in a pot & then they’d put it on this rope &(becoming animated) they’d pull it down & it used to go to a cashier’s office & it were amazing! I loved it. I was always quite impressed with that. And there was a wool shop. She used to go to the wool shop which was opposite church there.
Carol Hawke, interviewed by Bill Bevan on 19th December 2012.