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I Remember When...Your memories of Beccles shops that were loved and missed

A view from The Walk, in Beccles town centre, looking towards New Market, August 1972. Photo: Archant Library

A view from The Walk, in Beccles town centre, looking towards New Market, August 1972. Photo: Archant Library

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We all love taking a trip down memory lane, and last week's 'I Remember When...' feature on Enjoy Beccles More sparked many memories for our members.

Smallgate in Beccles, April 1968. Photo: Archant LibrarySmallgate in Beccles, April 1968. Photo: Archant Library

Looking back on my favourite old Beccles store - Morlings music shop - prompted readers to get in touch about the shops they remember and miss in the town.

Paula Johnson kicked us off with her memories of Binghams Chemist, praising the friendly staff, while Tracy Tustin remembered it for different reasons.

She said: “I worked there as a Saturday girl in the 70s. Still see Mr Bingham about. Lovely man. I remember prescriptions were 25p per item.”

Alice Crisp shared her memories of shops from the nineties onwards. She said: “Anglia Rubber Stamps, the little chocolate shop down Blyburgate which was next to Bushells at the time, the soft furnishings shop on the corner opposite where Taylor’s fur fabrics is, and the little book shop that was opposite the church.

Beccles, 30th November 1979. Photo: Archant LibraryBeccles, 30th November 1979. Photo: Archant Library

“Also I just about remember the tiny fruit and vegetable shop opposite Common Lane. And all of the many newsagents where I used to get sweets after school - the ones at the bottom of South Road, St Anne’s Road, and two either side of the traffic lights at the junction with Ingate/Castle Hill/Ellough Road.”

Meanwhile Ann Riches spoke about Stan’s sweet shop in Newgate. She said: “I used to get my dad’s tobacco from there and his favourite sweets, a quarter of plain chocolate toffee rolls.”

Karen King remembered Molls sweet shop at the little cottage next to the railway line on Ingate, while Susan Lowe shared memories of Skippings.

She said: “I used to get all my bed linens there, and nightwear...really made to last!

The old post office on Exchange Street in Beccles, 18th january 1991. Photo: Archant LibraryThe old post office on Exchange Street in Beccles, 18th january 1991. Photo: Archant Library

“I loved that shop and Miss Skippings, she was a real lady.”

Daniel Self spoke of CB Sports, describing it as the “best shop in my lifetime”, other than Woolworths.

Filbys bakers was remembered by Krissy Graham for its cakes and sausage rolls, along with June’s sweet shop.

And Paula Johnson spoke of Fords bakery, Brighton’s chip shop, Dales Discounts, Neeves fish shop and Rivetts fruit shop. She said: “I wish they were all still here.”

Beccles shops: Ellingtons Estate Agents, G.C. Harvey Wine & Spirit Merchant and Morlings. Picture dated December, 1977. Picture: Archant library.Beccles shops: Ellingtons Estate Agents, G.C. Harvey Wine & Spirit Merchant and Morlings. Picture dated December, 1977. Picture: Archant library.

• Do you have memories of Beccles you would like to share? We would also been keen to see any old photos you have of the town too! Email enjoybecclesmore@archant.co.uk or post on the Enjoy Beccles More Facebook page.

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