I have another request for any information/photos this time of New Brighton Coop - not the one at the top of Victoria road but about a third of the way down Victoria road on the right as you head down towards the prom. The post office was on the other side of the road only a little further away from the prom, and opposite was a really good record shop - reactor I think was the name. The reason I ask is I worked there in the early eighties and wonder if anyone has any memories of the place or the tea rooms above. Thanks for looking!
It's one of the two reasons I asked for any pictures/info really. I think it was on the site of where Bargain Booze is these days and around about 1980/1981 I was the manager there. One dinner hour (the shop closed for lunch then) I decided to see if any of the keys on the bunch in the safe fitted the door leading upstairs which was only accessible from the yard at the back and to my surprise I got in. It was a very strange feeling going up into what was like a cafe as you I not help but get the feeling that it was as if they had only closed the door on the place minutes before. It was (I think) two floors and there were tables everywhere - still with yellow chequered tablecloths on, cutlery on the tables and even menus! There was also a large piano off to one side of the room. It's a bit of a regret now that I didn't go back the next day and take pictures and of course, it's all gone now! The other regret about the place was whilst moving a freezer cabinet on the shopfloor one dinner hour I found a three-foot square trapdoor. Upon opening it I could see a set of steps leading down into the darkness and also a small gathering of very angry looking spiders. I really do wish now that I had had: A) A torch, and B) The guts to go down and have a look!