Memory Lane: Victoria Street then and now

Victoria Street in the late 1960s, when the shops were not just high street names
Victoria Street in the late 1960s, when the shops were not just high street names
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TO see how much a Blackpool street can change, stand at the junction of Victoria Street with Corporation Street and look up towards the Winter Gardens.

Today it is all national chain names and “modern” concrete stores.

Victoria Street today

Victoria Street today

But back in the late 1960s there was some character to the road. The tall building, with its elegant bays, arched windows and the like was Restons Carpet and Linoleum Design Centre, originally built as the Conservative Club.

Other names, some of them now gone forever, were TV and radio specialists Reeco, Burns Brothers Tailors, Wigs by Cardine, Mammies hairdressers with the 25s (£1.25) perms and Travelcade travel agency.

Yet there was a sign of things to come in the town centre, courtesy of Double Discount Stores, with a range of knock-down prices such as handbags at 8s 11d (44.5p).