Celebrating new look Bridge Street

Christmas festivities to celebrate the town's pedestrianisation
Christmas festivities to celebrate the town's pedestrianisation
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This week’s Archive Corner picture shows Morris dancers taking part in Christmas festivities in Worksop.

The event in 1990 was also to celebrate the pedestrianisation of Bridge Street.

In July that year the £700,000 pedestrianisation scheme came out tops of a prestigious nationwide competition.

The town’s award-winning design was funded jointly by Notts County Council and Bassetlaw District Council.

It beat off strong opposition from nearly 60 other local authorities to win.

In January 1990 the Worksop Guardian reported that the completion of Worksop town centre’s £6m facelift had come a step nearer.

Bassetlaw District Council was optimistic that the transformation of the Netherholme Shopping Precinct into a luxurious shopping complex would go ahead that year, within 12 months of other improvements in the town.

Although shopping in Worksop looked to be on the up, there was a significant blow as well in 1990.

It was the year Meadowhall opened in Sheffield and one of the casualties in Worksop was Marks and Spencer.

The chain store closed its Worksop branch.

The Guardian organised a petition to try to force company bosses to change their minds.

Anxious district councillors also pledged to ask the high street giants to reconsider their decision.

But the store closed on Saturday 25th August.

The good news is that Marks and Spencer returned to the town when it opened its food store in the Priory Centre.

The first shoppers at Meadowhall were retired couple Les and Glenda Barratt, of Beckett Avenue, Carlton, who had queued from 6.45am.