September 27th, 2016

Stepping back in time to Bromsgrove High Street in the 1960s

Stepping back in time to Bromsgrove High Street in the 1960s Stepping back in time to Bromsgrove High Street in the 1960s
Updated: 10:50 am, May 07, 2015

THIS photograph was sent in by reader Martin Clements who discovered it in a box of memories at his home.

It shows staff at the old Mac Fisheries shop in Bromsgrove High Street and was taken in 1967.

The shop was a wet fish merchant’s which, as well as the fish, also sold chicken and fruit and vegetables on the other side of the shop.

Martin, who lives in Redditch, said: “I sent it in as I thought other Standard readers might want to see it and it would also be interesting to know what the other people in the picture are doing now.”

Martin, who was just 16 at the time, worked there and is the second from the left. He said the man on the left was Mr Lloyd the manager and the man on the right was called Mr Lewis but, he added, he could not recall any of the names of the women in the photograph.

Mac Fisheries was a nationwide chain of fishmongers which was founded in 1918 by William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme.

It had its headquarters in Bracknell in Berkshire and stores all over the country. Many were in the south, but there were also branches in Wolverhampton, Rochdale, Stamford in Lincolnshire, Blackpool, Middlesborough and even the Isle of Wight.

The stores lasted until 1979.

Mark told The Standard: “I remember there was a ladies’ dress shop opposite called Williams’ and I remember how I used to get the old Midland Red bus service to work.

“The picture was taken at a time when there was a lot more life in Bromsgrove High Street and it shows how it has changed over the years.

“It would be good to find out what the others in the picture are doing now and see some other old pictures of Bromsgrove that people have,” he added.

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