These four photographs were taken at a carnival c1970.
Next door to Midland Bank is International Stores a supermarket, and then Anglia Building Society.
In the next picture with the Carnival Queen’s float, going north, there is Hepworth Tailoring, R C Forcey & Sons Ltd, Woolworths, Maypole, Jones’ greengrocery, and The Feathers.
Stitcher’s supermarket was in central High Street between the two pictures above.
The window adverts include “Pink Stamps” (a savings scheme), Oven Ready Chickens 2/6, Leg of Lamb at 5/-, Pork Chops 5/10, Topside of Beef 6/6 per pound, Beans for 11d, Nescafe at 4/3, Golden Shred 1/7, Harpic at 1/9, tins of Fruit Cocktail 1/9 so before decimalisation on Feb 15th 1971.
Stitcher’s later became Downsway an indoor market with several traders selling an aray of products.
Then John Whittington opened a dispensing chemist’s shop, then Mistry's. The Post Office counter service has now (2015) re-located into this shop alsongside the regular sales.