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To mark this further growth in the village population, Newhall's first mini supermarket opened in 1962 in Parliament Street closely followed by another on the Abbots Farm estate in 1964. When I came here in 1926, it was a bit rough and ready, but if you went their way, the people were friendly. The Pit Bank Colliery which was once an eyesore has been removed and turned over for housing. Every building has been taken." Over the years it expanded and was remodelled until on Tuesday, October 26, 1982, the Burton Mail newspaper carried the bombshell headline: 'Ordishs to close after 168 years'. There is something about going to a Christmas fair that really gets you in the festive spirit. It is the perfect place to find a unique and heartfelt gift and is usually run by people in the local community so it's a great place to meet old friends too.

House of Fraser said at the time it had taken the decision to close following the failure of discussions over the renewal of its lease at the shopping centre. Poundland later took over the ground floor premises. The upper floor still remains empty. Benjamin Schofield, Ron Shipton, Bill Cooke and Paul Gardiner, made up the four-man crew, and journeyed from Kent to Wissant in France, around 10 miles south west of Calais. The return journey proved more problematic due to a five-knot ebb tide, taking around 12 hours to complete. Mrs Williams, of Sunnyside, said: "I was born here and I remember when you could go down the street and be greeted by everyone you saw. Thorntons: Another victim of the covid pandemic was chocolate giant Thorntons shop after it announced it was shutting all of its stores including Burton. It was once the go-to place for Easter eggs, with the queue for names to be added to eggs stretching out of the door at this time of the year in the past.A Write Card: Greetings card shop A Write Card, which has been a staple of Coopers Square shopping centre in Burton town centre, for many years, closed down in January this year with immediate effect. It came as the chain closed shops up and down the country as the Walsall-based firm went into liquidation. A group of pals who worked at Bass Brewery came up with the genius (and slightly crazy) idea of using a giant beer barrel, which was a former advertising prop, to cross the English Channel. BHS made up the original row of shops in Underhill Walk, Burton. This family favourite has now been turned into a Next store The 1643 Battle of Burton Bridge was fought between Royalists and Parliamentarians during the first English Civil War. By the time of the battle the town was under Parliamentarian command.

In the first year of the new century and millennium, there were many things happening. Ken Livingstone, standing as an independent, became the first directly elected Mayor of London. The Millenium Dome was opened for the first time to mark the year. Not content with having the record for the biggest Christmas pudding, Burtonians decided they had to push the boat out again to bag themselves another festive record. This picture was taken in March 1971 with Lancaster and Thorpe occupying the premises next door. The opticians relocated and can now be found in Station Street, in the town. BHS was given the green light and officially opening on April 7, 1998 and became a favourite among shoppers. But the company hit bad times was wound down in April 2016 resulting in the closure of all high street stores. The Burton store closed on November 9 that year.Santa often pits in an appearance that makes the day even more special for children at such events. It is also a chance to socialise and meet new people or catch up with old friends you have perhaps not had time to meet up with as much as you would like over the year.

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