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Freshney Place launch exhibition to celebrate 50 years of retail

Posted: Friday 11th October

Freshney Place Shopping Centre has unveiled an exhibition to celebrate the past 50 years of retail by displaying a showcase of local people’s stories, experiences and memories.

The Step In To Our Story exhibition, which was officially opened by The Mayor, Cllr Terry Walker is now available for the public to view in Market Square near Starbucks. It celebrates memories from the precinct to the present day and will be available to view from today.

Comprised of 50 personal stories, the exhibition includes memories from a wide variety of locals, including Brenda Fisher, a Grimsby trawler man’s daughter who swam the channel in 12 hours 42 minutes in 1951, beating the previous record by 38 minutes. The Mayor and Julie Peasgood, actress and TV presenter are also amongst the 50 interviewees, each marking a year since the centre first opened its doors when it was called The Riverhead shopping precinct.

Individual stories recount times from when the Friar Tuck Pub was standing, the department store Lawson & Stockdale offered stunning window displays and when palm trees stood in Freshney Place!

Have you seen it yet?