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Leicester Mercury local history and nostalgia

This fascinating aerial view of Leicester shows the sheer scale of the demolition work which took place to achieve a new shopping vision for the city.
It was taken in July 1970 by a Mercury photographer who was standing on the roof of what was then the Top Rank Ballroom.
For those who haven’t already guessed, it shows the Haymarket area as it was being transformed from a collection of relatively small buildings of different styles and periods, to the large shopping centre we know today.
This was the second stage of the development. A few years earlier, the area where the photographer was standing would have been occupied by three old hotels, all close to the Clock Tower – the Stag and Pheasant, the White Hart and the George.
Another much-loved Leicester hotel, the Bell, was felled in this later phase of development, along with Lea’s department store and many shops and pubs.
The road crossing the site is what remains of Bread Street, which was soon to disappear altogether.
A lot of development had already taken place in this part of the city. On the left, the long, slab-fronted block of shops and offices was where, until a decade before this photo was taken, the Palace Theatre stood.
Beyond this was the former ABC (Savoy) cinema, a more recent victim of the wrecker’s ball.
To the right, are two other post-war landmarks; Epic House, for many years the home of Radio Leicester, and, to its right, Lee Street multi-storey car park.
In the centre, the spire of St Mark’s Church stands like a witness to a bygone age.
To its left are Abbey Street multi-storey car park and hotel, with the Thames Tower looming in the background.

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On 13/01/2021 at 15:55, boots60 said:

Robin Hood

Friar Tuck

Cricketers

Foresters

North Bridge Tavern

Van Damme

Cumberland Arms

Joiners Arms

Sanvey Gate Tavern

 

Then into town!!!

My mates dad said the pub crawl was so good back in them days they use to work their way back from town, which speaks volumes really.

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On 23/01/2021 at 18:47, Parafox said:

Is it, though? Surely the landlord has overall responsibility in law for the properties they rent out?

 

Google offered this answer:

As a commercial landlord you also have responsibility for the general upkeep and maintenance of the building and its structure. Often however, the accountability is shared between you and the tenant, so if they are paying you a fee for cleaning and maintenance, for example, make sure that the agreement is honoured.

This is my area of expertise and the lack of law in regards to minimum standards is non existent. All the emphasis is on a tenant being very insistent at the start of a lease to get repairs done. 
 

It’s been a black spot for government, regardless of party, the vast majority of PMs (and even local government personnel) are private or commercial landlords and therefore will not support or pass such laws. The laws which do exist go back to the 1920s; the last law passed was one referring to working water but its paper thin. 
 

There are examples on listed buildings where a landlord can break the law. The processes are slow however. 

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On 20/01/2021 at 21:45, davieG said:

Humberstone Gate before they built the awful Haymarket

 

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What a great thread. I am just about old enough to remember seeing old Leyland PDs in the older mostly maroon colours as shown here. Sometimes you could see the hand brush marks on the paintwork. I have done a drawing of New Walk which I will put on here in the next few weeks.

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Not sure if people consider this good news or not, but...

 

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Tram group recommends extending NET network to Leicester and Loughborough

It would 'start to provide a transport system worthy of a region with a population of over two million'

 

A leading tram body has said it is in favour of extending the NET network to Loughborough and Leicester, via ‘tram trains’.

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/tram-group-recommends-extending-net-4900315

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https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/another-big-name-brand-confirmed-4961459

 

I guess it depends on where and how you shop but.....

 

Fosse Park extension

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H&M will join other confirmed stores for the new extension include Next, TK Maxx, and Clarks. Frasers Group, owner of Flannels, Sports Direct and House of Fraser has also been confirmed.

A new food court and retail space, which will house up to 13 food units and four retail stores in total, will be home to The Perfume Shop, Soho Coffee, Costa Coffee, Nando’s, KFC, Greggs and EE.

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8 hours ago, davieG said:

!969 Newspaper - Good Luck LCFC for the Cup Final 

 

Lots of close ups of adverts from the era

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=4979709428737406&set=pcb.2960931700900338

I have quite a collection of newspapers  from that period and the 69 final. In fact, I have kept quite a few LCFC related newspaper specials over the years.

I was looking through them the other day and there was a picture of Rodney Fern, the pitch looked like it consisted of 10% grass and 90% mud. What a contrast  to todays pitches and Rodney's hair in comparison with modern football's immaculate hair style.

 

I once contacted the club historian to see if these papers were of interest to him. He replied that they were but never responded to my emails to arrange collection. :facepalm:

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Sure the existing buildings may not be great but......    Does this lift your spirits?

 

Huge hotel and flats complex set to replace former Leicester nightclub Krystals

 

 

The council has approved a scheme that developers claim will 'lift spirits'

 

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https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/huge-hotel-flats-complex-set-4995894

 

 

 

I guess someone will find this as Good News.

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7 hours ago, davieG said:

Sure the existing buildings may not be great but......    Does this lift your spirits?

 

Huge hotel and flats complex set to replace former Leicester nightclub Krystals

 

 

The council has approved a scheme that developers claim will 'lift spirits'

 

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https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/huge-hotel-flats-complex-set-4995894

 

 

 

I guess someone will find this as Good News.

Did we learn nothing from the 60's monstrosities? Depressing. 

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10 hours ago, davieG said:

Sure the existing buildings may not be great but......    Does this lift your spirits?

 

Huge hotel and flats complex set to replace former Leicester nightclub Krystals

 

 

The council has approved a scheme that developers claim will 'lift spirits'

 

0_HotelPNG.jpg

 

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/huge-hotel-flats-complex-set-4995894

 

 

 

I guess someone will find this as Good News.

There must be people on the council planning committee that have shares in Rugby Cement. Just going to be another grey, featureless eyesore.

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10 hours ago, davieG said:

Sure the existing buildings may not be great but......    Does this lift your spirits?

 

Huge hotel and flats complex set to replace former Leicester nightclub Krystals

 

 

The council has approved a scheme that developers claim will 'lift spirits'

 

0_HotelPNG.jpg

 

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/huge-hotel-flats-complex-set-4995894

 

 

 

I guess someone will find this as Good News.

When did it change from Liquid/Envy? 

So long since I've been that side of town on a night out.

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3 minutes ago, Rain King said:

When did it change from Liquid/Envy? 

So long since I've been that side of town on a night out.

You'll never get the same vibe from that building. It's even in a shite location.

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Going to wait until a render is out that doesn't look like a PS1 game before passing too harsh a judgement. It really is hard to gauge what that'll actually look like and what's there now is hardly the Trevi Fountain. It's at least a step in the right direction re: development at that end of town, this and the bus station could get the ball rolling for other stuff, lord knows it needs it.

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'East Midlands' biggest drive-in cinema' coming to Leicestershire - showing more than 30 films
You can watch films including The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia and Harry Potter on the big screen


ByBecky JonesWhat's On Writer
09:23, 28 FEB 2021
 

A drive-in cinema event is happening in Leicestershire this summer

Film fans will be able to enjoy a huge drive-in cinema event this summer - featuring more than 30 films as well as pre-film entertainment.

The Big Summer drive-in cinema is described by organisers Fleckney Group as 'the biggest drive-in cinema to come to the East Midlands', and will run from Tuesday, June 8 to Wednesday, June 30.


It will take place at the new East Midlands Drive-in Venue at Market Harborough Showground.

With more than 30 films being screened, you're sure to find something you like. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy live pre-film entertainment before each film. This could be anything from singers to bands, entertainers to comedians.

 

The films being shown
Le Mans '66 (12) - Tues, June 8, 7.30pm
Inception (12a) - Wed, June 9, 7.30pm
The Shawshank Redemption (15) - Fri, June 11, 7.30pm
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12a) - Sat, June 12, 11am
Jurassic Park (PG) - Sat, June 12, 3.30pm
Grease (PG) - Sat, June 12, 8pm
Aladdin (PG) - Sun, June 13, 10.45am
Mamma Mia (PG) - Sun, June 13, 3pm
Titantic (12) - Sun, June 13, 7pm
A Star is Born (15) - Tue, June 15, 7.30pm
The Greatest Showman (PG) - Wed, June 16, 7.30pm
Independence Day (12) - Fri, June 18, 7.30pm
Beauty and the Beast (PG) - Sat, June 19, 11am
Black Panther (12a) - Sat, June 19, 3.30pm
Tenet (12a) - Sat, June 19, 8pm
Alice in Wonderland (PG) - Sun, June 20, 11am
Rocketman (15) - Sun, June 20, 3.30pm
Dirty Dancing (12) - Sun, June 20, 8pm
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (U) - Tue, June 22, 7.30pm
Forrest Gump (12) - Wed, June 23, 7.30pm
Alien (15) - Fri, June 25, 7.30pm
The Jungle Book (PG) - Sat, June 26, 11am
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (12a) - Sat, June 26, 3.30pm
Jaws (12) - Sat, June 26, 8pm
Toy Story 4 (U) - Sun, June 27, 10.45am
Jurrasic World (12) - Sun, June 27, 3pm
Saving Private Ryan (15) - Sun, June 27, 7pm
The Dark Knight (12) - Tue, June 29, 7.30pm
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (PG) - Wed, June 30, 7.30pm

 

In addition there will be a Blue Light Mystery Film Night every Thursday. These nights are for Blue Light Services only and a valid and relevant ID card must be presented upon entry. Nobody will know what the 'mystery' film it is until it starts, and it may be any classification up to a 15 certificate.


For all showings, food and drink, such as burgers, pizza, popcorn and sweets, will be available to purchase on site and will be done via an order and collect-style system. There will also be an on-site bar.

Customers will be welcome to take in their own food.

The price is £25 per car or £35 VIP, all subject to a £2 booking fee. A VIP ticket guarantees you a spot closer to the screen in our reserved area for the best view of the screen. You will also be able to order food to your car via a waiter service.

Prices for the Blue Light Mystery Film Nights are reduced to £15 per car and £25 VIP.

According to the organisers, the event will be fully compliant with the Government restrictions on social distancing.


There’s no need to get out of your car at all during the screening if you don’t want to. There will be large walkways throughout the site, should you need to visit the toilets or collect your food.

You’ll have your own wireless speaker system that sits on your dashboard, which will be properly sanitised between uses - so you don't run your car battery down during the film.


The audio will also be broadcast over the PA system for those that wish to sit outside their vehicles.

There is a Covid-19 booking guarantee, meaning that you will get your ticket money back if the event has to be cancelled due to Covid, or one of your party tests positive.

To book your tickets, click here to visit the website.

 

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/authors/becky-jones/east-midlands-biggest-drive-cinema-5038319

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