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10 things you will remember if you grew up in Bath Bath has changed a lot over the years but here are some things you'll definitely remember if you grew up in the city14:00, 31 JAN 2017Updated14:08, 21 APR 2017Swimming gala at the Beau Street Baths We know kids everywhere used jumpers for goalposts, craved Chopper bikes and wondered just when they'd get their hands on Dunlop Green Flash plimsolls.
But what else did kids in Bath get up to?These old pictures of Bath courtesy of Bath In Time are bound to jog a few memories.1. In the swim Many children in the city learnt to swim at the old Beau Street Baths and Cross Baths; the building design meant it could be a noisy affair when lots of children were chattering away if their teachers allowed this.Our main picture shows the Bath Girls Junior Schools Swimming Gala at the Beau Street Baths from June 1972. Also a great place to swim was the Cleveland Baths who remembers spending a day at this open air facility on a hot day?2. The Big ScreenWho remembers the Beau Nash Cinema in Westgate Street which kept viewers jimmy choo pumps sale up to date with films on the big screen for decades? Some films were so popular that queues wound round the corner and, when Grease opened in the height of John Travolta's fame, jimmy choo glitter shoes so many people wanted to see it that some sat on the steps inside.The picture below dates from 1972 and the film showing was Please Sir starring Sidney Poitier. The picture above shows a queue for the then ABC Beau Nash in February 1990 does anyone remember what film was being shown then? The premises are now home to Komedia.The old Beau Nash cinema, R: baskets for cookery L: did you cover your books in wallpaper?3. The early days of recycling Fizzy drinks were a rare treat with many kids keen to take Corona bottles back to the shops so they could claim the money back on the bottle. The glass bottles of pop were made even more poplar with the ad campaign declaring that it was indeed very fizzy "Every bubble's passed its fizzical."Do you remember the wonder of Woolies?Continuing the recycling theme schoolchildren in Bath covered their textbooks in offcuts of wallpaper to keep them in good condition. This tended to be textured anaglypta as that was the fashion and meant books jimmy choo silver sparkle pumps ended up considerably thicker than when you started.4. Sunday opening didn't exist except for churches and paper shopsPaper shops were amongst the few places open on a Sunday and that's morning only. And who remembers Willcox's at Odd Down?Sweet shops sold some sweets that wouldn't be considered acceptable today coconut tobacco anyone?5. Girls did traditional subjects like cookery and needlework at school You could tell when girls had cookery at school because, along with their books, they'd carry a wicker basket in which to take home their goods. Ones that weren't so posh made do with old Quality Street tins or similar.6. 'My school was better than yours!' There was a lot of rivalry between schools and all were distinctive in their uniforms. Diocesan girls wore bottle green while Hayesfield had yellow blouses and grey skirts and jumpers. Posher girls at Hayesfield had striped blazers before these were replaced by fetching turquoise blazer.7. Wimpy A visit to the Wimpy in Westgate Street was a real treat and was a far cry from the plethora of jimmy choo online buy fast food restaurants available today. A Brown Derby was a ring doughnut with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
8. Fish and chipsFish and chips used to be served wrapped in newspaperEvery area had its own fish and chip shop and this was far from an everyday treat. Like today, fish and chips were sprinkled with salt and splashed with vinegar before being wrapped in newspapers.