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It took me right back
WHILE Christmas shopping in the city centre, I strolled off down memory lane and was reminded of some of the businesses during my teenage years in the 1960s.
I wonder if others readers remember: Harry Fenton in Coney Street, currently Hotel Chocolat. This used to be the shop for fashion-conscious males – kipper ties, paisley shirts and hipster trousers. There was also Trews in Goodramgate, now the Mediterranean Barbers, that offered made to measure trousers in the style worn by pop groups such as Dave Dee, DBM& T – bright checks and tartans.
The basement coffee bar in Feasegate, below what is currently Calendar Club, was a one-off in York and accessed by a spiral staircase. As one descended you were able to scan the room and see if any of the in-crowd were there.
As I passed the Grand Opera House, I recalled the roller-skating sessions that used to take place there.
Directly opposite is the York Dungeon but I was a student there when it formed part of York Technical College. Further down the street was Cumberland (House) Youth Club, hosted by a certain John Ramsden.
Finally, the row of shops in Coney Street – Lush, Office, etc and I recalled the record section in Rowntrees department store – you could ask to listen to the latest record releases in individual booths.
Graham Wallace, Foxwood Lane, Acomb, York.
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