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Swarcliffe Parade, Swarcliffe Drive nos. 4, 10, 14

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Swarcliffe Parade, Swarcliffe Drive nos. 4, 10, 14
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2000. View of a parade of shops, Swarcliffe Parade, looking from the direction of Swarcliffe Drive. The shops number from left to right in descending order, 14 to 4. Number 14 is 'Tung Ying English & Chinese Hot Meals to Take Away'. Tote bookmakers is adjacent, followed by Food King Superstores.

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Jasco

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The bookmakers pictured used to be a Newsagents, where I would start my morning paper round every day a 6:00am for several years as a teenager. There used to be another parade opposite but this has been demolished. The other parade had a launderette at one end and a video shop at the other (called Pop-in?)

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Eddie Webb

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I agree with Jasco. The parade had a range of shops but I remember the launderette where I would sell cigarette coupons and spend the money on Airfix soldiers. How times have changed.

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Steve Learoyd

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The bookmaker's wasn't just a newsagent - it sold toys and sweets and so on. I went out with the Pat Best, the owners' daughter for six months in 1959 or 1960. They lived over the shop, and we and my mate Bob and her friend Barbara, who were going out, would often sit in the kitchen at the back drinking coffee - innocent days!

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David Edge

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I aslo used to deliver newspapers (in the late 60s). There was a fish-n-chip shop on the left, newsagents, a greengrocer, butcher, bread shop and an off-licence.

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Angie Creffield ( Dorgan )

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I remember the off licence well! It was owned by Frank Orrell, otherwisw known as " Orrible Orrell" by me and my friend Sheila! We used to buy bottles of Olde English cider and drink them in Sheila's bedroom before going to the youth club!!

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Philip Brow

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I'd have to agree. I was born round't corner in Mill Green Place back in 58. The "Tung Ying" with the "Sweet Shop" next. On the other side was a Chemist where my mother accidently left my sister out side of, in her pram. She got home before realising. Fortunatly its just a funny story these days. There was also a Barber & Co-op. Cant quite remember the rest.

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Mark Scales

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If I remember rightly, the "Tung Ying" used to be a chippy. They did roast chicken legs with chips, which seemed exotic in the late 60's.

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Barbara

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That side was the fish and chip shop, the news agents, a greengrocers with a wet fish counter, a bakers and the off-licence. On the other side was the launderette, then at one time a little supermarket, the betting shop, a hairdressers and the chemist. I lived up the hill on Swarcliffe Road

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David Andrew Edge

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We used to stand outside the launderette (on the opposite side) at nights until we were old enough (or pretended to be) to get in The Cat.

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Lynn Monaghan (as was)

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Anyone remember Nancy's shop (next to the launderette? She sold wool, womens clothes. I got my first bra from there! Then there was Calvert's chemist at the other end of the row of shops. On the opposite row I remember Varley's fruit and veg. What did they call the bake house next to the off license?

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MV

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The bakers shop was owned by Mr & Mrs Trafford.They sold up and bought a shop in CrossGates just opposite the Library

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Val Stoneley (nee Harrison)

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Would loved to have seen older photo's of the shops. I lived on Southwood Road, the shops had everything you could possibly want. I worked as a Saturday girl at the haidresser's. I knitted soft toys and small items for Nancy's ladies shop. I babysat for Frank & Val Orrell and was often an early visitor before my walk to school going to Trafford's bakery for fresh bread.My Mum still lives on Southwood Road (51 years). Nobody had cars so the shops played a vital role, where people could buy nearly all there needs before the shopping centres were built. The decline was inevitable. I think there were quite a lot of teenagers who stole their first kiss by the cigarette machine outside the newsagents. It was a fabulous comminuty to be be brought up in, I still have some Swarcliffe Association Newsletters, which all the shops advertised in and the coming events on the estate were published.

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17-Aug-2009

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val@kalven.co.uk

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