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Freeman Street 1960s / 70s

Shopping in Freeman Street Late 1960s / Early 1970s Shopping in Freeman Street Late 1960s / Early 1970s

The following advertisements for shops in Freeman Street were printed on April 12th 1967 in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph under the headline “The Changing Face of Freeman Street”.
Firstly, take a look in Moisers, established in1900 and situated at number 254-256, that’s the Hainton Square end of the Street.  This week’s special offer: a pair of  Free electric scissors worth £2 -10-3 with every sewing machine.  All machines guaranteed, free after sales service, free lessons and demonstrations and discount on all cash sales.
Also on offer this week, a free summer canopy with every baby carriage or baby folder.
British and continental nursery furniture is now in stock.  3 way high chairs from £4-19-6, complete with table top.  Carricots from £2-8-0.  All with free delivery.   Brand new bicycles from 2s weekly.

Staying on the same side of the street, a little further down at number 242, is Perritt’s, the music shop.  Perritt’s came to Freeman Street on May 1st 1935 and have been busy selling crotchets and quavers ever since – so their advert said in 1967.

Grimsby Carpet Co (number 234-6) – For the best value in carpets visit your local specialist near Cobden Street and Clyde Street.  A1 Axminsters 45/- per square yard, Foam-back Enkalon £2 per square yard.

White and Welton (number 222-4) – specialists in soft furnishings and household linens.  We offer a large and varied range of terylene nets.  We welcome your enquiries for terylene drapes and festoons, fitted bedspreads, quilt recovering, sunway venetian blinds, sunlover modern spring roller blinds.  Estimates given without obligation.

Erica of Grimsby and Cleethorpes – in the creative and ever changing world of hair fashion we have lead the way throughout our 14 years of progressive and energetic achievement.  Erica is now a household word in North Lincolnshire.

Curley’s (number 196), on the corner of Wellington Street.  Save money on toys, gifts and fancy goods.  You must call and see our selection.  The following trading checks are welcomed: Grimsby Supply, G.H. Ives, North British, Young’s.

For over 15 years Ideal (at 180-182 Freeman Street) have been the largest retailers of Ladies, Gents and Children’s rainwear and casual wear in Lincolnshire and eastern England.  We have all the latest American and continental styles.

Lok Kweng (162)– wine and dine in an atmosphere of oriental serenity, music, soft lights and a choice of the finest Chinese and English delicacies.  Lok Kweng Chinese restaurant, fully licensed, private dinner parties.  Open weekdays 11.30 am till midnight, Sundays 12.30 till midnight.

Rentevision (94, Freeman Street) – rent black and white with colour in view, with or without 42 weeks advance rental.  Be first with colour.  Any unused advance rental will be credited to rental of a colour set.  Free 10 day trial in your own home.  Free legs, free room aerial, free maintenance.

Crossing the road towards the Riby Square end and returning back down Freeman Street.

Thorley’s the fishmongers, number 53, specialists in Macrae kipper fillets, 1/9 a packet, large king prawns 4s a qtr, frozen peas from 7d a packet, frozen crinkle cut chips from 7d a packet, loose fish fingers 3/8 a lb.  Oven ready chickens from 2/10 a lb.

Number 141 was Turner’s – bakers and confectioners.  One of the oldest-established businesses, renowned throughout the area for Turner’s crusty loaf, full of flavour, always baked on the premises.

Three doors down, Willey and Lyon  – jewellers, invite you to examine their stock of carefully chosen diamond rings, all with free insurance; hall marked wedding rings in 9ct, 18ct and 22ct gold, all fully guaranteed watches and clocks and British made barometers.

Back on the last block before Hainton Square, Electric ‘O’ Appliances, the vacuum cleaner experts for over 18 years offer you at least £5 for your old vacuum cleaner when you buy a rebuilt or new vacuum cleaner.  We stock, Hoover, Electrolux, goblin, Hotpoint, osprey etc.

A.Caufield & Son  established 1898.  Bespoke tailor and gents outfitters.  All tailoring done on the premises.

Humber Travel Agency – visit the most modern travel agency in Lincolnshire.  Agents for leading tour operators.  Travel by land, sea, air – London theatres and hotels – private coach hire – private villas and flats throughout Europe.  All enquiries welcomed by our trained staff.  Our offices are open until 8.30 pm every Monday.

Back at the Hainton Square end of the street why not tuck in at the Tuck box café?  Call in for Hot dogs, rolls: bacon, ham, beef, pork, salad or cheese.  Hot snacks, drinks etc and rolls to take out.

In 1973, a similar spread of advertisements produced the following: the Homebrew Centre (number 250), declares that making wine is great fun!  Beer making too.  Beginners specially catered for.  The whole family will enjoy a glass of your own wine.  We are the complete supplier and we give green shield stamps.

Pauline’s Pet foods.

J.M. Tierney, established 82 years ago, tobacconists and confectioners, exceptional variety of greeting cards for every occasion

Curry’s.  Curry’s pick of the week: Colour TVs, Ferguson 19 inch model, recommended price £208.05 – our price £169.00.  Refrigerators, 2 door Zoppas 7.6 cu ft £59.95
2 door Zoppas Combi 6.7 cu.ft fridge and 5.1 cu ft freezer £99.57
Free cassette carrying case (worth up to £2.50) on all cassette recorders.

Ann Hutson, Fruiterer and Florist

Finally, it’s nice to know that Electric Appliances was still trading in ‘73. The advert ran:  Appliance problems? – ring Grimsby 4801 for prompt repairs to your washing machine or vacuum cleaner – precise estimates, high quality repairs, free collection, free delivery. 
Its location was helpfully listed as: Electric Appliances – between the 2 Boyes stores.