An en­counter with the ghost of Christ­mas past

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

THERE are eight shop­ping days to go un­til Christ­mas so those of you need­ing to pick up gifts and fes­tive food don’t need to panic. But this wasn’t al­ways the case. Chris took this black and white pho­to­graph of Cathe­dral Square in the days be­fore late night shop­ping and Sun­day trad­ing.

It shows Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre in 1980, three years be­fore work started to turn it into a pedes­tri­anised precinct.

Of course that’s just one of many changes since the days of leg warm­ers and big hair.

If you look at the right hand side of the pic­ture you can see the hoard­ings be­hind which Queens­gate was built.

Mc­don­alds and the Body Shop are now on the site.

Chris thinks it may have been the Grey­hound pub be­fore that but he isn’t sure.

There’s also the Hep­worths store on the left hand side of the pic­ture, which went on to be­come Burger King and is now Pizza Ex­press.

Our sec­ond pho­to­graph takes us in­side the Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre and was prob­a­bly taken dur­ing one of its first fes­tive sea­sons.

The K Shoe Shop, Olym­pus Sports, Martins the newsagent, C&A, Etam and­tammy Girl are no longer trad­ing there and the foun­tains and seat­ing area has also dis­ap­peared.

But one thing that doesn’t seem to have al­tered is the num­ber of Christ­mas shop­pers pass­ing through the build­ing. Chris’s 2012 cal­en­dar costs £6. It is avail­able from Desti­na­tion Cen­tre; Peter­bor­ough Cen­tral Li­brary; Reba in Cathe­dral Square; Cole­mans in Cow­gate; Shrives; Can­cer Re­search in West­gate; Savethe Chil­dren in Midgate; the Sal­va­tion Army shop in Broad­way; Twiggy’s in River­gate; Twiggs and Bows in Ser­pen­tine Green; The Barn Gar­den Cen­tre and Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal shop.

It is ad­vis­able to buy early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

There is a De­cem­ber page on the cal­en­dar so you can put it up straight away.

It will be Chris’s last cal­en­dar as he is work­ing on a book for next year.

treemen­dous: Strings of lights and a Christ­mas tree in Cathe­dral Square in 1980.

with bells on: Queens­gate dec­o­rated for the fes­tive sea­son in the 1980s.

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