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  1. It's still there and in exactly the same condition. There's no reference to it, other than that image, anywhere on the net, and the local council refuses to answer any query about it.
  2. Indeed it is. Test broadcasting now, launches 10am July 3rd It feels like 1975 all over again. Can't wait. But, just a minute - there's two of them http://www.trent301.co.uk/ This one's already up and running, with Andy Marriott, Lee Beaumont, Magnus Shaw(?)
  3. As I said, the date for the demise of Farmers comes from Douglas Whitworth's book; I'm sure I've seen a paper bag somewhere in my mum's drawers or cupboards which came from Farmers and had "A Debenham Store" printed on it - if I can find it I'll scan and print it. Everything else I recall here is purely from my memory, having lived in Nottingham for more than 40 years. Alas, the memory is not quite sharp enough to recall exact dates, and I'm actually quite surprised (and disappointed) that the internet is of no help. Trying to find anything about the old Co-op (the Greater Nottingham Co-operative Society) proved unsuccessful.
  4. No it isn't. The Broad Marsh Centre opened in 1972 with the Co-op as lead department store. Farmers store on the corner of Exchange Walk and next to the Flying Horse, was closed in 1974 and the building demolished. The Co-op closed the Broad Marsh store in about 1994 and Allders, which had just been floated on the Stock Exchange by its management and was using the funds generated to expand, took the lease. It had not been represented in Nottingham before then.
  5. The location is right - there are photographs in the Douglas Whitworth's books of Nottingham in the 1960s and 70s - but it certainly wasn't Jessops which bought them (the John Lewis Partnership has grown organically). I believe it was Debenhams, who closed it because of the close proximity of Griffin & Spalding across the Square.
  6. It's a long time ago, but from what I recall the MacFisheries on South Parade was a straightforward supermarket, called Mac Market, and the only non-prepacked food it sold was fruit & veg. At some point in the early 70s MacFish decided to return to its core business and sold the supermarkets to the Dee Corporation (Gateway). Since the city centre was at that time still well served by other food supermarkets (Tesco Maid Marion Way, Co-op UPS, Sainsbury Broad Marsh, Scan and Safeway Victoria Centre, Burtons of Smithy Row) they just closed the South Parade store.
  7. Watneys Red Barrel disappeared in 1997; the Double Diamond brand name is owned by Carlsberg,, but they withdrew the product in 2003. Mackesons and Cherry B are still available, but you have to hunt for them.
  8. I remember Colwick Cheese - my dad used to sell it in his shop on Colwick Road. I believe it was made from unpasteurised milk, and fell foul of EC prohibition, once we joined up in 1973.
  9. I had a flat in the Victoria Centre from 1979 to 1981. 10th floor at the back, looking out on to Huntingdon St and up Woodborough Road. Mine was of the 2-bedroom variety (although, unlike almost everyone else, I didn't share with anyone or have any unofficial lodgers!). It was very spacious - main bedroom had a built-in wardrobe, the kitchen was bigger than in many 3-bedroom houses then, and now, with loads of cupboard space. It was always warm (heat presumably rising from below) and the only time I really needed to use the hot-air system was when it snowed outside. Naturally those were the days the system broke down. Hot water was also supplied by the system, so I did use it, but I frequently got a refund because I never used the monthly standard DD charge. Tales abounded of people jumping off various levels, and of residents of the 26th floor having to hold on for dear life when the wind blew, but I never actually witnessed anything of the sort.
  10. As I recall the shop was Revolver Records, before being taken over by Virgin.
  11. I thought the hifi shop on Upper Parliament Street was a Laskys. I bought my first system (Goldring Lenco GL78, Goodmans tuner-amp, Wharfedale speakers) there about 1975. Stuart Westmoreland had a shop for a short while on Wheeler Gate, where Lakeland now resides. I remember going to the then annual HiFi events at the Albany. Drooling over a system costing £2500 and coming away with Robbie Robertson's CD which cost £8.
  12. Someone asked me the other day whether Macfisheries was still going in one form or another, and a quick enquiry of google brought up, amongst other things, a question posed here two years ago. Since I've lived in Nottingham for the last 40 years, having been born and bred down South, the forum looks interesting, hence I've joined. It may take me a while to rake through all the topics, but I'll pop in and join in the conversations from time to time, if you'll allow.