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Market Arcade

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Market Arcade 1960's
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 17479
Another view of the much loved Market Arcade i.e. Little Arcade. Showing the GORNER'S CAFE sign. I can smell it now.

Comment by: henry7 on 5th April 2011 at 17:43

What a great picture, brings back many happy memories.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 5th April 2011 at 18:57

I remember buying 1d bangers from one of the shops on the left.

Comment by: Duncan on 6th April 2011 at 10:01

There can't be many people over 50 who don't miss the old arcade.

Comment by: Harry S on 6th April 2011 at 11:58

To Ron Hunt, The shop opposite had a larger selection kept under glass.

Comment by: Sheila on 9th April 2011 at 23:16

As a child, I fondly remember my mum taking me into Gorner's cafe, every Thursday, shopping day. I recall red and white check table cloths in there and it was always a special treat. The arcade had much more character back then. The sixties was a wonderful time!

Comment by: Jimmy T on 10th April 2011 at 10:14

Sheila, Not so wonderful if you where poor like a lot of people at this time,

Comment by: Harry on 12th April 2011 at 16:41

No one was that poor they couldn't afford a cup of tea in Gorners, or the 'Baked Potato''!!!!!

Comment by: Sheila on 12th April 2011 at 21:20

I appreciate that Jimmy, though I was referring to the 'wonderful sixties' from a child's perspective. Also I agree with Harry regarding the tea and baked potato.

Comment by: Harry on 12th April 2011 at 21:52

Tha' could get a cup a tea anywhere!!!! What's thts mon on about? We all lived in Wilson's government; non stop 'Strikes'

Comment by: Sheila on 12th April 2011 at 21:57

Sure could Harry! Happy days indeed!

Comment by: Nadine on 16th April 2011 at 20:56

Yes I agree with Sheila and Harry, times were hard for the majority, but a cup of tea as a treat wouldn`t break the bank! Bet a cuppa was much cheaper then in comparison to nowadays and still the cafe`s always seem to be busy whether a recession or not. Nice of you Sheila to be so observant and remember those check table cloths!

Comment by: Sheila on 17th April 2011 at 14:47

Thanks Nadine! My parents were far from well off and worked hard for their money. They did however spend wisely and in moderation; hence a 'Gorners' type treat now and then.

Comment by: linda massa on 15th July 2013 at 15:27

Used to buy my stockings (I think they were 2s 6d a pair) from a stall on the right as you walk down but can't remember the name of the stall.

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