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No more wonder of Woolworth; THENANDNOWTHE CHANGING FACE OF RENFREWSHIRE BY KENNETH SPEIRS.

No introductions are needed here.

Yes, our historic picture features the still much-missed Woolworth's in Paisley High Street. Like many a town, this was where we bought our pens and pencils, household goods, records and, of course, Pick 'n' Mix.

The picture was taken on a quiet day in 1970 when the High Street was still open to traffic, not that you would know from this particular image. The store is long gone, of course. It closed well before Woolworth shut all its stores in the UK a decade ago.

In its place came John Menzies and then the present tenant W H Smith. And look at the street furniture. Remember those yellow bins? We've got to give a mention too to Dolcis, also long gone. Complete with awning, this little store was responsible for providing footwear for generations of Paisley people. Those of a certain vintage will surely remember being dragged there for school shoes at the end of the summer holidays and just before the start of the autumn term.

Happy days - or maybe not.

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Then Paisley High Street in 1970. Picture courtesy of the Heritage Centre, Paisley Central Library and Museum

Now The scene today

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Feb 28, 2018
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