Thank you for this thought-provoking ‘Then & Now’.
What memories. As a 9-year-old, I lived at 15, Barrow Street, and after Wreigh Street and Coquet Street were demolished, I then had a clear view from my bedroom window of the lovely bright-red ‘Reyrolles’ sign, each night when I went to bed.
Also, as a kid, I watched Boris Karloff in the Frankenstein film, and that night I awoke to a room lit up with bright flashing bursts of blue and white light, just like the lightning in the film… I later found out that it was someone welding at Frazers! Phew!
I remember my brothers and I walking on that metal bridge attached to the Station Bridge – we didn’t need to, we just liked doing it for the fun of it.
One day, my brother told me that the train station shelter was partially demolished, and that he had found coins under the broken floorboards. As we lived around the corner from it, I went with him to have a look. The windows were smashed, some frames were out, some floorboards were up and the roof was partially off. Not long after that, the shelter was completely demolished and I felt unhappy about it.