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Read in BEN yesterday that ye olde pastie shoppe struggling if anyone passes this during the day please stop in a buy a pastie trust me they are the best The owner is 87 years old ( I t

What has happened to our town centre is what has happened to the vast majority of town centres.  Internet shopping, satellite retail parks, nearby large shopping complexes, etc.

All correct. Why would you bother going town when amazon can deliver what you want within hours. If you want a day out with nice shops and summet to eat and parking youre going to the Traffo

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4 hours ago, MickyD said:

Are the journeys into small towns outside of large towns? For example, Horwich; routes in are from Adlington, Bolton x2 (Old Road and New Road), Blackrod, Rivington. 

New Road is hardly a stunning vista going into Horwich is it. Not likely to be neither, given the historical loco works just down the lanes.

The more rural an area, the fewer shitty old buildings. 

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Most folk can get all they need from either Middlebrook or the TC, easy access, free parking. No brainer really. 
 

And it’s fuck all to do with the whites moving to Horwich. You still get people blaming the the state of town on the decision to move stadium 

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2 minutes ago, royal white said:

And it’s fuck all to do with the whites moving to Horwich. You still get people blaming the the state of town on the decision to move stadium 

Aye, all Bolton moving to Migglebrook has done is mean a few pubs between town centre and Burnden Park have shut down.

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2 hours ago, Whitestar said:

Can you still get hot vimto from a stall in the market hall?

Hot Vimpto? (Yes, yes, I know!) I always had Saspirilla. Apparently, it ‘worked’ your digestive system better.

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19 hours ago, radcliffewhite1 said:

Rochdale has to be the worst local town centre followed by oldham

rat pits 

Had to go into Oldham this morning for a couple of hours. It really is grim. I find Rochdale a little less scruffy but there’s nothing there. I’d also put Burnley near the top of the list. Bolton’s not great but not the worst by some way imo

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2 hours ago, Whitestar said:

Some places/ other towns are so bad that it can give you a little lift just to visit them and thank f*** that you don't live there.

Anybody ever driven through Dundee? , Redcar?

Went into Hartlepool town centre a few years back.

Made Bolton seem like Knightsbridge

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28 minutes ago, MancWanderer said:

Had to go into Oldham this morning for a couple of hours. It really is grim. I find Rochdale a little less scruffy but there’s nothing there. I’d also put Burnley near the top of the list. Bolton’s not great but not the worst by some way imo

Even McDonalds pulled out of Rochdale TC, how shit have you got to be when maccies thinks it's not worth it

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22 hours ago, Rudy said:

Maybe I’m seeing it through rose tinted memory glasses but Jesus what has happened.

Went in today to take my grandma for her eye test at Specsavers, I couldn’t go in with her so left her to it and I went for a wander.

I know there’s a pandemic but it’s like a ghost town. 
Crompton place, an out of place jewellers, geezer selling sky, new look gone, BHS gone, a pop up Christmas shop

Walked out near M&S, walked towards what used to be Burton, some shitty looking clothes shop and not much else, charity shops, empty buildings and beggars all over the gaff

Market hall was ok but so many empty places. 

Then the belly of the beast, bradshawgate.

Like downtown Damascus.
It’s almost unrecognisable from 10 years ago. From bank st to the Audi garage opposite B&M it could be and should be flattened, it’s an absolute mess down there. 

Where and why did it go wrong? Recession? wanderers moving out of town? retail parks? CHI-NA?

investing £1.5 billion next week it will be £1.6 billion 

fuck knows whos investing that money 

but i will beleave it when i see it  

not in my life time 

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2 hours ago, Spider said:

Ashton under Lyne town centre makes Bolton look like Dubai.

 

Used to go from time to time as a kid, as my gran lived there. Into the cafe for quality fish and chips. Onto the market for honeycomb tripe. Sweet stalls etc.

Great stuff.

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1 hour ago, Tonge moor green jacket said:

. Onto the market for honeycomb tripe

I saw that stuff for the first time, on telly the other day. Some butcher was holding it up.  It did not look appealing! Do you boil it and cover it in salt and vinegar first or can it be ate like that?

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Read in BEN yesterday that ye olde pastie shoppe struggling

if anyone passes this during the day please stop in a buy a pastie

trust me they are the best

The owner is 87 years old ( I think) and still works there

 ive done so many family parties booking 80/100 meat and tater , and cheese pasties 

add mushy peas and it’s always gone down a storm 

protect this little business coz when it’s gone , it’s gone and we’ll never see their like again

 

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Stotts Cafe in Tyldesley was the only place open when the pubs shut, she made a fortune selling homemade steak puddings, mushy peas and gravy. It's like walking down the curry mile these days. Folk's tastes differ now i'm afraid.

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2 hours ago, Mona said:

Read in BEN yesterday that ye olde pastie shoppe struggling

if anyone passes this during the day please stop in a buy a pastie

trust me they are the best

The owner is 87 years old ( I think) and still works there

 ive done so many family parties booking 80/100 meat and tater , and cheese pasties 

add mushy peas and it’s always gone down a storm 

protect this little business coz when it’s gone , it’s gone and we’ll never see their like again

 

There was folk queueing outside today.....

Good bit of advertising in the BN.....

They need to get embankment promoting them on Twatter......

 

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5 hours ago, Mona said:

Read in BEN yesterday that ye olde pastie shoppe struggling

if anyone passes this during the day please stop in a buy a pastie

trust me they are the best

The owner is 87 years old ( I think) and still works there

 ive done so many family parties booking 80/100 meat and tater , and cheese pasties 

add mushy peas and it’s always gone down a storm 

protect this little business coz when it’s gone , it’s gone and we’ll never see their like again

 

Debenhams is on it’s arse too. Maybe if we all pop in and buy a shirt, dress, jeans, etc., they’ll survive this squeeze.

I’m not being funny here but if an iconic shop is struggling then there’s a reason for it.

We know the product is ok but look at the location. In an area which used to have a lot of footfall from other shoppers and office workers pretty much became annexed by Bolton Council allowing Primark to make Bradshawgate a ghost town. Add to  that the Bolton News moving their office staff across town and it all spelled disaster for this and plenty other businesses. 
Sorry, but encouraging a few Wanderersways posters to call in and buy a pasty isn’t helping one bit. The owner has the product but they need to take their head out of the sand and move their shop to an area of town with people going past who will buy.

 

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