Mrs Young's sweet shop

Mrs Sally Young’s sweet shop was always very busy with customers but not only for the confectionery as her husband, Benny Young, had a barber’s shop in the back room of the premises. The barber’s shop was separated from the sweet shop by frosted glass panels and often the door would be open giving  a glimpse of a gentleman having his hair cut or a shave!

The sweet shop windows were always full of tempting chocolates and sweets of course, especially at Christmas time. Most people in the those days would pay throughout the year or when they could afford it, into a “Christmas Club” in the shop, to  save up for their Christmas treats!

Mrs Young’s shop was situated in West Street, opposite what were the Halifax/Santander Building Society offices. As can be seen from the photographs, to the left of the sweet shop was the Royal Boot Stores and Emrys Phillips’ Jewellery shop, ; further over to the RHS was Lloyds Bank!

Emrys Phillips’ jewellery shop closed in 1986 when he held a “Retirement Sale”.  He had been in business at 3, West Street for 48 years.


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