This blog is:

This blog is:
A living sketch book for the ideas generated during our Creative Halton Project in 2011. On this blog you will get to see the ideas as they pop up and see where the inspiration has come from. These are the ideas of the artists Beth Barlow and Jason Sheppard, informed by those we have spoken to. It has also grown to include the ideas sent to us by local residents . If you want to contribute please e mail

This blog is not:
A finished product. Many of the ideas here will be tested and seen to be the wrong for the place, time and its people. We hope that the ideas we take forward will be the correct ones, giving Runcorn a taste of its rich past, the positives in its present and notions about its future.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Chris' Idea for a Missing Shop Spot

How about a Lost Shop’s Spot, shops people remember from childhood that are no longer going.
I can start them off with a few and get people to write in or send photographs.

La Rendezvous

The old town market café was called La Rendezvous, every Friday dinnertime I had the wonderful sausage chips and beans, the sausage were big thick pork ones, delicious.
The speciality of the house seemed to be the toasted bacon sandwich, and the ladies would call the meals out with practised voices, that echoed round the small packed café on a rainy afternoon in Runcorn.

After dinner I would sit by the window watching the buses go by and wish I could go home early from work.

Then I would go back to the shop with bean stains on my shirt and tie and toast crumbs round my chin so they always knew what I had been doing.

As a footnote the first owner had to sell up a few years back because they the local people go the silly idea he was the Yorkshire ripper, because he went to Yorkshire a lot.

Lots of stories behind the shop fronts, like a well known sweet shop owner ended up in court for straggling his dog.

Runcorn has its darker side sometimes.

Sent to us by Chris Darlington, local resident and writer

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