Do you remember…?

Posted on - 26th February, 2010 - 7:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Fashion, Nostalgia, Opinion

old Odeon Cinema Preston


The alpine ski mural inside Pizzaland? Queuing all the way around the corner of the Odeon cinema in town and wondering whether you were going to get in? To brighten up the gloomy weather I bring you a ray of nostalgia…

I remember going to Wimpy, which was situated close to the Odeon cinema in town, with my mum for a bender-in-a-bun and a milkshake. I remember being pushed in my pram along Lawson Street and freaking out when she got to Saul Street baths, she had to cross over because I thought the pipe shaped air vents at the side of the building were going to suck me up!

I remember my mum buying me a new outfit from an alternative shop across from the old Odeon for my first high school disco. The outfit consisted of shiny, black spandex pants and a red animal print top with a slash neck and three black buckles. She backcombed my hair, trowelled me with with make up and sent me on my way. I arrived at the disco to be met by a gawping mass of eleven and twelve year olds wearing Benetton jumpers, Farahs and Pods. Needless to say I danced alone at the end of the night. For further sartorial disasters email me directly, there has been plenty.

Harold Faltermeyer Axel F

I remember buying my first 7″ single from the record shop upstairs in the indoor market, it was Harold Faltemeyer’s ‘Axel F’. I was so chuffed with it I played it again and again and my friend wrote a list of alcohol we were going to secretly consume that Christmas on the back of the sleeve. Top of the list was a Snowball, followed by Bell’s Whiskey. I still have the record now!

I remember saving up and buying an outfit from Bobby’s Boutique near the market. On my friend’s advice I purchased a white gathered skirt and a peach stripey jumper with nautical logo. I wore it to the under 18’s night at Easy Street and felt like a twit! I remember queuing up to get into the Odeon in town to watch Ghostbusters, the cinema seemed huge at the time and showed the Pearl and Dean advert before the performance and some old fashioned local advertising which consisted of photographs to music – no moving images! I think there was an ad for a local moped shop.

I remember stories about the Miley tunnel, 13 steps and Bluebell wood. All creepy and too scary for me to repeat!

What are your memories of Preston?

What do you remember fondly?

Any funny anecdotes? Anything you disliked?

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Image Credit: Odeon Cinema, Preston by Tony Worrall

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