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Yes im hijacking this part of the forum already Very Happy

The town centre is no where near like it used to be.  I remember my grandad taking us to olympus for two cones of chips and us sitting on the elephants to eat them.  Thats my earliest memory.

Paying 6 quid to do all day laser quest in the summer holidays.

Bella pizza.  A quid for a 7inch pizza.

The fish market. Mainly because i worked there when i was 14 and my mum made me quit when i got expelled.  (How is stopping me from working a punishment?)

Stolen from ivor.  Again i worked here when i was 16 til 18.  2 pairs of combats for 20 quid Smile

Then the nightlife.  10 quid with drinks free all night in temple.

Jungle. 

Atlantis. 

Walking home from town to harwood because I'd rather get a pizza or kebab than a taxi Very Happy

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I have to say that I've done the same thing with getting a kebab instead of a taxi and walking all the way back home down Blackburn Road in the early hours. Very Happy 

Does anyone not remember pizza land? That used to be facing alliance and Leicester On the market place side I think it was? 

They used to do a good salad bar and pizzas before Pizza Hut and the like come to Bolton.

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Used to always love looking in the model shop close to Cash Generator on Bradshawgate as well Although that's moved now. Very Happy

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
I used to have a job selling stuff door to door when I was about 14, it was supposed to be for charity but clearly wasn't. Me and my mate earned good money from it and if people didn't want anything they just give donations which we weren't supposed to accept so pocketed.
We then used to get dropped off in town and spend what we'd collected in pizza land. They used to do a combo of half a pizza, a jacket spud and coleslaw

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
i used to love being taken in Boydells for a treat, it was a great toy shop. When i was a bit older i spent most of my time in the various record shops like HMV and Our Price but i remember WH Smiths and Woolworths also selling a lot of records as well. I used to like a bookshop that was in St Andrews Court but i presume that's gone now?

I also used to shop in Stolen from Ivor as a kid, i remember having a matching bright orange polo short and jumper from there in the mid 80's  Very Happy

The biggest loss to the town centre for me was the Water Place closing down, used to love going there as a teenager

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I was going to say going to Boydells as well, usually to buy a new Subbuteo team or some Lego.

My mum used to take me in Whittakers and I used to think it was very up market.

Think the last time I went to Bolton shopping was a couple of Christmases back and that was only to Toys r Us.

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And everyone I knew seemed to have a birthday party at McDonald's.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
i remember Wimpys opening! That was seen as posh and a treat back then  Very Happy

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
A few eateries from when I was a child in town some of which my mum and dad used to take me too others when I was old enough to go in on my own I used to go in. Golden Egg used to be on Deansgate near where the RBS is now, Tognarellis which was down one of the streets off Deansgate, Derek Guest cafe (now some poncy place opposite the Market Place entrance) and Wimpy on Victoria Square.
Used to think it was great to climb on the lions.
Does everyone remember Bernard who used to sell the Bolton Evening News outside BHS, every time Bolton played at home the away fans targeted him, I think it was the Wolves fans once that lifted him into one of the fountains.

whatsgoingon

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Norpig wrote:i remember Wimpys opening! That was seen as posh and a treat back then  Very Happy
An international grill in the Wimpy was a veritable feast

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I remember laser quest but there used to be a cheaper one near Tim's Gym called Laser Strike which was a lot better.

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Used to go to the Crown and Cushion every Sunday afternoon for a few games of Snooker. Then an American pool hall opened a few years later (upstairs next to Argos).

Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
Sabini's ice cream parlour and ABC cinema in Churchgate. Windetts in Bradshawgate for subbuteo, Newport street when cars went down. Odeon when it had a restuarant. Bulloughs and co op for records.

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Had a job for a short time collecting glasses in Spencer's snooker club, used to think it was awesome talking to John Spencer the snooker player off the telly.
Then years later in Bergerac's used to bump into Tony Knowles another snooker player off the telly and think "what a wanker"

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Soul Kitchen wrote:Sabini's ice cream parlour and ABC cinema in Churchgate. Windetts in Bradshawgate for subbuteo, Newport street when cars went down. Odeon when it had a restuarant. Bulloughs and co op for records.
Was it Manfredi's the Sabini's used to have ice-cream wars with

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
Used to go to the ABC cinema in town and call into poundstretcher on the way through town for a big bucket of toffee popcorn. Those were the days when they didn't look at you like you'd just pissed in their kids when you walked in with your own grub in a bag rather than buy them in the cinema.

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Studio 1,2 & 3 where we went to an all-nighter once on Halloween where it showed Halloween 1 -5 all together. And when I got older Scamps next door where Peter Reid once tried to chat up my sister who was about a foot taller than him - comical

Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
@whatsgoingon wrote:
@Soul Kitchen wrote:Sabini's ice cream parlour and ABC cinema in Churchgate. Windetts in Bradshawgate for subbuteo, Newport street when cars went down. Odeon when it had a restuarant. Bulloughs and co op for records.
Was it Manfredi's the Sabini's used to have ice-cream wars with

I think you went up steps to Manfredis but can't remember. There was also tognarellis in town but forgotten where.

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Soul Kitchen wrote:
@whatsgoingon wrote:
@Soul Kitchen wrote:Sabini's ice cream parlour and ABC cinema in Churchgate. Windetts in Bradshawgate for subbuteo, Newport street when cars went down. Odeon when it had a restuarant. Bulloughs and co op for records.
Was it Manfredi's the Sabini's used to have ice-cream wars with

I think you went up steps to Manfredis but can't remember. There was also tognarellis in town but forgotten where.
Tognarelli's was up some steps on the street that ran by the side of Burton's if I remember right, used to go in there for pasty chips and peas (may have been Carr's pasties even back then). Can't remember where Manfredi's was just remember the wars between them and the Sabini's, they used to set each others ice-cream vans on fire.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
anyone remember this in the Arndale?

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
No. what was it?

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
ah you youngsters  Very Happy it was an aviary in the Arndale, can't remember what kind of birds it had in it though, i presume it was budgies and the like?

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
@Norpig wrote:ah you youngsters  Very Happy it was an aviary in the Arndale, can't remember what kind of birds it had in it though, i presume it was budgies and the like?
That must have been the days when Bolton town centre had some decent birds knocking about.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I seemed to spend most of my childhood in W.H Smith,C&A and Gregory and Porritts.

I remember those bloody budgies.

Sluffy

Sluffy
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I remember the time before the Arndale was even built.

There used to be a previous (small) shopping roofed thoroughfare leading on to Bradshawgate, where Clarks shoe shop used to be and where I was always taken for my shoes (I don't think trainers had even been invented back in my day).

They had a sort of x-ray machine they used to check out how the shoes fitted once you had them on - probably highly dangerous and completely banned these days!

I also remember catching the bus for home from the stop at the bottom of the Town Hall steps and also the time before the fountains were built outside WH Smiths and going to a family party in the Commercial Hotel (pictured below).

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Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
you must be ancient Sluffy  Very Happy

Where was the Commercial Hotel? I can't work it out from that picture

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
pissheads, pigeons and polish accents.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
you missed out on the golden era Boggers, Friday and Saturday night down Bradshawgate, every pub rammed and then off to Ritzys, Central Park or for me, Pink Panthers, Happy days  Very Happy

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@Norpig wrote:you must be ancient Sluffy Very Happy

Where was the Commercial Hotel? I can't work it out from that picture

I am!

It is on the Town Hall Square and was turned into Mothercare's.

The picture is on the diagonal, where the car seems to be parked on the left is the bottom of the Town Hall steps.  

The thing in the centre of the picture is the war memorial thingy (directly facing the Town Hall) and the Commercial is the big white building to the left.

If you walked past it (in the direction the car is pointing) you would pass Boydell toy shop and the Army and Navy store on your right - heading towards the Market Hall.

Note Boydell's toy store used to be originally at the top end of Newport Street opposite roughly where the Wheatsheaf was but I would think you would be too young to remember in there.

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Norpig wrote:you missed out on the golden era Boggers, Friday and Saturday night down Bradshawgate, every pub rammed and then off to Ritzys, Central Park or for me, Pink Panthers, Happy days  Very Happy
used to be a set route that everyone followed because you used to bump into the same people in every pub. We used to start in the Man & Scythe, over to the Brass Cat, round to Swannies across to Yates's for an Aussie White and then Maxims then Ritzy's. Went to Sundowners as well which was a dive but you always pulled in there.

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