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

Seventies Runcorn by Chris Darlington

Seventies Runcorn, Didn't You just Love It?
Its hard to believe that Runcorn Old Town was once a throbbing fashion haven for teenagers?

Boasting two wonderful boutiques Turnstyle and Banjo and its own thriving record shops. From the open neck striped shirts to the widest trousers in town, we had it all! because of (Unworths Bros)Devonshire Square Runcorn,

What did we look like? With our long hair, brightly coloured clothes and platform shoes.

Who owns up to wearing denim flares these days? Brown and blue striped V neck jumpers, tank tops bold striped like deckchairs, tartan trimmed trousers or Oxford Bags with pockets to burn.

The music was loud and funky, Glam Rock ruled, and seems to have stood the test of time, for the last thirty years.

How cheap things were then, 50p for singles a piece of vinyl heaven, £1-75p for an LP.

Did you flock to the Orchard Rooms in Runcorn to hear the latest disco records? and turn the dance floor in to a Disco Inferno.

Beer was only about 30p a pint, a fiver went a long way and we thought we owned the world!

Girls wore tight Hot Pants ,Midi or Maxi skirts, leather panelled mini skirts with knee length black leather boots.

Wide leather belts and firemen's belts were also a must have item.

These amazing fashions make a come back every decade or so.

Do I miss the Seventies? Yes! the prices and the stick thin twenty eight inch waist I had then.

The clothes I'm not sure, I still have a nineteen seventies lumberjack jacket From Unsworths bros in a wardrobe somewhere and it fits, just about?

I try it on now and again, then stand in front of the mirror and remember those great old days, when the old town moved to a very different beat to the sad decline we see today.

Sent to us by Local resident and writer Chris Darlington

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