I remember going into Levene's shop with my mum. It was, a "ticket" shop and that funny money with pieces cut off could be used there. Cash along with the bill was placed inside a black ball about 4 inches in diameter. The ball was placed in / on a wire trough by the sales girl. She then pulled on a short rope chord which triggered some mechanism which shot the ball off to the cashier. A little later the ball magically returned with the customer's change. I could watch this all day.
The salvation army would play and sing in the middle of the road just in front of the Empire Theatre. Tramcars would shuffle along but the band had mastered the art of just easing out of the tracks without missing a note.
Out of sight just around the corner of Sunderland road was Dummler's Dip Shop. Saveloys and pork sandwiches were available but I settled for the penny bun dipped in hot tasty brine. Thanks for memory Alan
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