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The first was Beatties department store, at the bottom of Grange road. It had a pretty decent selection for a department store - I clearly remember flicking through the racks and seeing 'Weasels Ripped My Flesh' and Juicy Lucy's 'Get a Whiff of This' in and amongst the James Last and the Mantovani. But all my early purchases were from Beatties, usually using record tokens rather than cash.
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Were the first, I recall.


Sue Dodd
09 Jan 2024 at 09:49
I worked at Beatties in the 70's/80's and yes the record department wasn't bad . But as someone who was into punk/new wave , having to listen to Phil Collins / War of the World, day in day out drove me up the wall ! It was only occasionally when a friend stood in on the department we would get Half Man Half Biscuit and the like played to the horrified looks of the shoppers ! Good times .



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