Victoria Street and
In the 1920s, Woolworths in Victoria Street was one of the most popular shops in the town. It was outstanding, everything was good quality and cost just 6 pence or under. They were the cheapest, nothing was over 6 pence. People brought knives, forks, spoons and things like that to build the household utensils up. There was an upstairs and downstairs and at the time there was just one Woolworths in the town, the other one came later. Then across the road was Halfords, the big cycle and motorcycle shop.
Then there was Jack Clarks the tobacconist and the Gifford Arms, although then it was called the Dudley Arms. It was always a respectable pub, you could take anyone there, it was always nice and select. On the top corner was Tylers shoe shop, where Burtons used to be.
There was the Star & Garter Hotel. We used to go there dancing, it was very popular. The Vic was also popular for dancing. You used to book your parties there for your works or anything you wanted to organise, for a multiple dance. You would go up the four or five steps into the Star & Garter to the enquiry desk. There were about 22 rooms and at the side was a big entry for the cars and at the back was car cleaning and parking for the Hotel.
Opposite Beatties was Bedford Williams. It had four big windows and sold ladies and gents clothes and haberdashery. It was cheaper than Beatties.