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We lived at Pyecombe in the 1950's and early 1960's and London Road was our shopping area. As with you Alen we visited all the places you mention as there was probably nothing that couldn't be bought in the area. My brother and I even had our haircut opposite St Peter's Church. And yes I remember our Co-op Number too - 58431!

By Martin White (19/07/2011)

London Road was a fabulous place for shopping in the '60s & 70's. There used to be enough shops in those days to cover all your shopping needs. It is a shame about it's recent past but we can only hope for a recovery. I think the closing of the Marks & Spencers shop was the start of it. I can remember the old Woolworths where Aldi is now with the wooden floorboards and Bellmans where most Brightonians I have spoken to bought their 'first' record (I saved up my pocket money and bought 'Make Love To Me' by John Leyton for 6s/8d in 1963). Dewhurst the butchers, Curtess shoe shop along with Freeman, Hardy & Willis. A bit further along in York Place there was Carnaby Styles, does anyone remember what number it was? I bought my first pair of levi jeans there in 1971 and sat in the bath with them on so they would shrink to fit me! My parents thought I'd gone mad! I always remember now and again seeing a ben sherman shirt or pair of jeans for a really low price in the window (about 19s/11d) and when you went into the shop they'd say "Sorry sir, none of those in stock today but we have these at £3!!"

By Paul Clarkson (02/01/2013)

During my final year at Margaret Hardy school in 1965 I had a Saturday job at Woolworths - it was on the corner of Cheapside then.I was on the frozen food and cake counter,and my friend Gillian Cooke was on the sweet counter (I think !!)We had some good times there.The canteen served some lovely meals for about 1/3d I think. I remember when Sir Winston Churchill died - his funeral was on a Saturday.The store closed for the morning and a television was brought in so the staff could watch the funeral. I did not stay much longer at Woolworths after it moved further along London Road as I was preparing for my O Levels but we did have some very good times there.

By Carol Hardy (03/01/2013)

Could this Carol Hardy possibly be, by the Grace of God, the same Carol Hardy of BOAC fame, and the sister of Charles Hardy? 

By Ian Arnott (23/02/2016)