Transcript of High Street Sound Walk in Grantham: 'Traces and Echoes'

This is a transcript of ‘Traces and Echoes: Resounding Grantham’s High Street’, a High Street Sound Walk in Grantham by Sandra Kazlauskaite.

Narrated by Sandra Kazlauskaite.

[sirens]

Location one: Edith Smith Way

[passing siren/ drone]

Students from Grantham Earlsfield Youth Centre: ..Yeah. She was a police officer...

...Oh, wow...

...Wasn't she the first female police officer?...

...Yeah...

[car ignition / sirens / static noises]

John Manterfield: ...warranted policewoman, who was employed by the Borough of Grantham from 1915 through to ...employed specifically .... because during the First World War, there were two very large camps for soldiers who went off, did their training in the Grantham area and then went off through to France, particularly...

Sadly, er, she was very successful, but she left her job, returned to a nursing career but sadly, she took her own life in the 1920s. So it was a very sad end for somebody that we have celebrated and ...

Youth Club students: Yes. She was a police officer.

Oh, wow.

Wasn't she the first female police officer?

..she went to KG ..

..yeah..

..what part she was born in Grantham that's what I ..

..I know Isaac Newton was born in Grantham and he was going to ...

...he got hit by an apple...

...he went to King...

...his name's been put into, I think, the library...

...he was bad at school though...

...he couldn't, he couldn't do anything..

...he got hit by an apple...

...and then he got hit...

...shall we go?...

...he went ...apples

...he was bad at school though ... he was bad at school though .. he was bad at school though.

...and then he got hit by an apple...

...shall we go?...

...and then he got hit by an apple...

...shall we go?

Now walk to location two: St Peter's Hill's Gardens

[footsteps / distant conversations]

Youth Club students: ...Do you know that thing with the clock on it? Near… The town clock....

...the clock with the lights...

...you know opposite ...

...where Jesus is isn't it ...

...yeah that's him..

...where Jesus is sat...

...Sir Issaac Newton...

...yeah that thing...

...did you not know that was Sir Isaac Newton?

...because I don't look at the names...

...but when they do grab ...

...and the statue of where Maggie Thatcher's going to be.

[wind]

John Manterfield: The green hill, St Peter's Hill, has always been a popular area. It was... traditionally had sort of carol services externally at Christmas time with the Salvation Army Band playing, and certainly ....

Students: ...taking my gran to the doctors in a wheelchair. Christmas time and New Years and there was a fireworks display...

...yeah Blood Brothers by Willy Russell it was based around that ...in the 1960s it was...

[footsteps]

...yeah it was the sixties, yeah

...and that play... got based around what Margaret Thatcher done as well as shut down all the factory work and then you had a working class and ... a middle class..

...New Year's and there was a fireworks displays... And a shed of the Jesus characters ...

...Jesus ...

Location three: make your way across the road to Prezzo, High Street.

[film projector sounds]

Excerpt from film dialogue: Peggy, can you reach the water?

Hmmm?

...Can you reach the water?...

...Can you reach the water...

...Can you reach the water ...

[drone]

...Oh no, I just ...oh no I just ...

Members of South Lincolnshire Blind Society Well, Glenn Miller came to the picture house innit..

..yeah..

..to the cinema, so they say... I mean, I don't remember it, but I do remember to go and see an actual, a live show there, with, which included military personnel, but I can't remember for the life of me the name of it...

...the State Cinema .. yeah..

.. the fleapit? ...

...The State, the picture house, the Exchange Cinema which was called the EH...

...built in 1914 I think ..

...but I mean, also, I mean, there's was lots of hotels in the town as well...

...what was the Grenada called before it was called ...

..State... State... State Cinema ...

...No I can't remember that name... but I can remember ...

...I'm into cinemas I'm so interested in them always have been...

...That's right yeah...

..not necessarily just films but the machinery of cinemas. I remember, I do remember it quite well, soon after I came to Grantham we used to go...

..bingo hall...

...yeah...

..Bingo halls plus, entertainment. And it was full .. it was full, making money ...

...but Grenadiers on a Saturday morning for the kids...

..Yeah. Yeah...

...But that, again, that was when it was the Grenada...

... when it ..Yeah. You know .. and er...

...'Arry Sanders... yeah - he run the Grenada..

...Yeah. He was the manager there...

...Yeah...

...He started the Grantham Grenadiers...

...yeah...

...and encourage kids to go to the cinema and...

..Yeah. Yeah...

...he was a good bloke...

...Used to go for sixpence, w'nt it sixpence to go to ...

...No, I never went, I was too busy ...

...Well, you was older weren't you, you was out that age group...

[echo of sound clip]

...I do remember because I went to the Granada when I came here, regularly, and I do remember the projectionist, I think it was probably about the last one ..I just knew him as Mr. Girdlestone ...

... does that ring a bell? ...

... was he a projectionist? ...

...if there was like a film that was going to be on. That was... And I vaguely remember something like that, a parade coming through the town, very vaguely

...circuses ....

...circus...

...there probably was a circus in the area and he borrowed the elephants ...

...Billy Smarts ...

... The films that was on show then, most of them were black and white they did eventually come to colour...

Location four: walk slowly through the High Street until you reach Guildhall Street.

[echoing footsteps and voices]

Youth Club students: ...yeah I know...

...the most boring thing ever ...

[Indistinguishable shop music]

...I go shopping at Newark...

...I go shopping in JD ...

...it's not bruv...

...oh no don't ...

...I went out to Sports Direct ...

...nah, I think they should build one...

...I think...

...what, build a JD?...

...in my opinion, I think that's where, do you remember where Peacocks was, I think JD should go there ...

...I think JD should ...

...you turn right where McDonald's is...

...listen, listen, the best place in Grantham is Maccy's.. .

...I think I've sliced every part of my leg up now ...

... who is this Mr Sting? ...

...at the moment there's charity shops...

...well, you've got a Poundland, you've got a SpiceLand, you've got a Lidl, you've got an Aldi...

Blind Society member, a woman: ...There's not many shops left in the town...so it's charity shops...

Youth club students: ...or corner shops...

... my favourite shop ...

...them corner shops are well sick ...

...go on, sing ...

...Oh, yeah, I know, I've seen ...

...I bet there's not going to be many shops, I think there's just going to be one massive shopping centre.. .

...the fair, I go there all the time... when it comes.. from the first day till the last and that's the in joke..

Members of Blind Society...the Rainbow Cafe...

...oh yeah..

..the London Road...

...The Long Bar...the Long Bar ..

...Rainbow Cafe was on the High Street. The Long Bar was on London Road ..

...Yeah, yes The Rainbow Cafe was on London Road..

...Yeah...

...Next door to the Picture House. Yeah. Used to go in there. Yeah..

...It was a big supermarket called Lidl supermarket...

[car passing]

...No, it's a lot of shops...

...There used to be a vegetable shop as well on the High Street... Sterne Austin's and then it went to Diamond's' didn't it...

...well one led straight t'other anyway it was the corner...

[traffic noises]

... what Diamond's? ...

...Diamond’s started selling potatoes and all that stuff down Wharf Road...and then eventually when Mr Diamond died and David took it on...

...yeah David ...

... He moved down to ...

I walked straight into a job at Timothy Whites.. mind you, looking back, I said to my kids, when they were all, oh you know its a hard life ...I said I worked 42 hours a week when I left school...

...I think everybody did...

...well you did...

...after the war. that was after the war ...

...You know, you was, I was 14, I was 15 years old and I worked 42 hours a week...

...'cause it's a recent thing ... the Newton is a recent...

[drone]

..there was Caitlin's which is still there, isn't it?..

..Yeah, well, the shop's still there..

...and there was Chambers...

...Chambers, big ...

...which was a big ...

...you see it’s a recent thing ...

... a ladies store ...

...the Newton is a recent thing ...

...there was Caitlin's which is still there isn't it...

...there was a furniture shop between Cailins...

...well the shop's still there...

...and there was Grahams...

...Chambers, can you remember...

...Chambers, big ...

...which was a big ...

...you see its a recent thing, the Newton is a recent thing ...

...Grahams...

...ladies store ...

...there was a furniture shop between Caitlins and...

...which is still there isn't it ...

...well the shops are there ...

... And there was...

...Grahams...can you remember?

...Chambers which was a big...

...Graham's...

...ladies store...

...And that there was a furniture shop between Caitlin's...

...Timothy White's...

...and...

...and there was Boots...

...Graham's it was called, can you remember...

...Graham's ...

...and then there was Timothy White's and there was Boots...

Now, move towards location five Blue Court on Guildhall Street

[baby making noise / adult talking / drone]

Cafe worker:...I work at a factory first, after I start to work in...

Youth club student: ... There one on um... It's called cafe 7 I should go down towards...

Cafe worker:... I have, really, I have a lot of Portuguese but I have ...

...I'm sorry I have...

Youth Club student: ...there's a Portugal flag...

...At home, yeah. When I live my life is Russia home, home Russia ...

Youth club student: I don't know what it’s called now, but we used to go there as a kid when my dad...

Is it still called Cafe 7

I don't know what it's called now, but we used to go there as a kid when my dad...

Café worker: ...You can see more shops open...discos... I can remember in, for example in 97 is one disco here in ...

Youth Club student: We used to know it but we don't go there anymore because the company's changed, the people in there have changed, over time. Lots of the old people there died as well. My gran used to date someone who used to go there.

Cafe worker: really is too many discos where we can dancing and enjoy your night to 3 o'clock...

[drone / chatter]

...yum yum yum...

Now move towards, and walk around location six: The George Shopping Centre

[Machine noises / footsteps]

Members of Blind Soc: But you know, I mean, the three...the Red, Red Lion and the George and the Angel were really three of the...

Students: ...it's closed, there's nothing there...

...There's not much in there...

...There's only eyela.... no there's nail stuff and there is eyebrow stuff...

...why do you think I'd go in there and get my nails done...

Member of Blind Soc: I can remember going in there one night and having a meal, but not as a regular, I can remember the shoe factory had their Christmas do there one night.

Students: ...It was a hotel...

...Yeah... back in the day...

...Back in the day...

...When my Granddad was a kid...

...Back in the day...

Members of Blind Soc: Well... It's a nice area too. They did have shops in there to start with.

Well there was all nice shops they just didn't sell anything

They had a really good shoe shop in there. I mean... That's another thing.

Student: There's a gaming place there as well

The driving test shop thing's up there... the theory test centre

... if it's true what I've read...

Member of Blind Soc: ...there was a shoe shop, there was a ladies clothes shop and... yup...

Oh it was magnificent. I had my first job there when I left school. chambermaid, it was the most amazing...

Landlords Ball and things like Licensees Balls, the Hunt Ball and all that went on there. And everybody's...

Students: ...and they're looking to turn the George Centre back into the hotel to what it was ...

...Oh that would be sick...

...Gucci there was Gucci...

Yeah I know

In the George centre?

Yeah there was...

...It's a covered a big area...

It's a rather impressive building, The George Hotel.

[Static noise]

Blind Soc: ...for sort of high society type thing...

Students: ...back in the day...

[Drone]

Now walk towards and take a seat, by location seven: Market Cross.

[Sound of marketplace: footsteps, conversations]

Daybreak Centre staff: That's the marketplace...

...No, I don't I'm not sure whereabouts that is that, but this is what they call Wide Westgate...

...Yeah. Yeah...

...So Watkins, the Watkins shop...

...Watkins shop...

...is just here somewhere...

...Yeah. Yeah. This...let me find it...it's changed a lot hasn't it...

...mmmm...

...And it's definitely buzzing there ...

Youth Club students: ...I remember the woman selling the strawberries for about 2 for 1 pound...

...and the burgers...

...when she shouts out and then you see all the people...

...They're only one pound...

...Just like stood at the stalls buying loads of fruit and buying loads of other stuff...

Members of Blind Society: One particular stall... I can always remember coming... Oh, the tomato stall's here. Can you remember the tomato stall?

Yeah, Mr. Grays?

I don't know who it was, but he used to come and they used to sell tomatoes.

...This is cool there's an old car here...Woolworths...trees?

Trades

Trades. Does everything!

There's tool stalls, fish mark...fish stalls...bakers... everything, anything you wanted...

...You know fabric... I can remember when my kids...

Daybreak Centre students: Oh the fair is the best.

Oh.

...Looks like a chemist...

...That's common place...

That's Gravity innit?

Yeah Gravity yeah...

...That one, that one is the big one...

...It's amazing, It's really good...

...Chemist...

...Chemist...

Oh chemist ...

...You know where Watkins is? Watkins is just here somewhere.... Thats Wide Westgate.

Members of Blind Soc: It was great... It was like a show wont it...

...no you don't get so much of that now...

... so close together...

Youth Club student: Yeah, because I go busking with my guitar I've got a busking licence. And... I used to get about 20 quid for about an hour.

...Yeah...

Blind Society member: Help yourself yeah... Well, there's not many cars on the road, was there, but I mean, the market again, in another thing, when I was a child I can remember my mum because it used to be a livestock market. up, Dysart Road end. I think it was because it was near the... whatsit.

Daybreak centre staff and Emilie Nunn: We used to go to a place called Jaspers.

[Low pulse]

Yeah, where was that though?

That was that was... in the marketplace. Right? so you're looking there. It's sort of up here...

Yes. so I think that is the old one opposite Jean's hairdressers.

That's it, yeah.

Derelict?

...Where the... ladies do the dancing, that used to be a... like a sports bar there, Crocodile Rock or Strikers...

Blind Society members: ...On a Saturday Goldings used to have it's own market in actually in the marketplace

Daybreak Centre student: ...Used to be two auctions...

...I think it is Westgate… That used to be... Used as for the ch... the coals...and things.

Blind Society members: There's always a pig pen there...

Yeah...

...with a couple or three of pigs and sheep

There used to be bags of pig potatoes. Yeah. That you all go and pay more money today for little potatoes...

Daybreak Centre Staff: And that's Woolworths.

Yeah

Where Woolworths used to be isn't it. And then I think at some point it was Jonathan James as well, a shoe shop, in'tit.

Yeah.

And the cars, the old-fashioned cars that were parked up...

Youth Club students: ...Where'd'you go again?...

Gemma ... this one is busy

...I wanna go...

...what did you do? ...

[drum kit sounds]

Blind Society member: It used to be an old ironmonger's shop, that's why it's there and it's been there ever since it's been open for, I'm sure ...

Daybreak centre staff: ...there's supposed to be ...erm, tunnels underground for them isn't there, there's supposed to be walkways from like where the Angel and Royal is....

Blind Society members: ..Saturday the marketplace was the hub of the town...

...it was full wasn't it

...it was full ...

...it was a place where you went down and everybody chatted to everybody. You know, you met people. It was a social thing really...

...it was packed wasn't it...

...Yeah...

...You know you'd be walking by side by side...

[drum kit noise, car passing, bird song]

Walk towards the final location: St Wulfram's Church

[Bird song / road noises / piano / footsteps... to end ...sounds fade out]

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