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Domino’s Dancing and Step Back in Time


I had to go to Wilmslow on Monday. I am not showing off or trying to gain sympathy but Didsbury Son and I had an appointment in the cheekbone-friendly, WAG filled Cheshirery of the Wilm. As with most visits to areas of Manchester where the Trafford Centre and the A34 have killed the local shops, it made be even more aware of the diversity and independence we have nestling between M&S, the approaching Domino’s and our blue and red coffee chains.

Domino’s in Didsbury. Its slot between Earle & Ginger and Carrington’s sums up the village nicely – a thorn between two roses. It has a great view through to the back wall of Gourmet Burger King unhindered by there being anyone in there. I like GBK, there are so few open spaces left in Manchester.

I like to slowdown Didsbury Son’s enthusiastic stories and dull his senses a little by talking him through what shops used to be when I was his age. Realising that this is even less interesting than when my dad did the same to me as at least he was running around in the Blitz when shops closed down more dramatically, I carry on.

The Aldi was a bus garage. It had a bit of mystique to it as I could not see over the wall and had to guess what went on inside. When it was announced that a German cut-price supermarket was landing on the site there was NIMBY led outrage, but nothing like a credit crunch to give 29p courgettes an extra bite.

The new houses behind the village were Healds Dairy and all the houses have milk deposits in the foundations. The Fletcher Moss was the pub for the Dairy. It was The Albert then and the nearest I ever got to feeling rural. I used to find it sad that the Fletcher Moss had a sign up saying no work clothes as it seems to be unnecessarily wiping the past. But they do have a good selection of snacks so are forgiven. O’Neill’s spent years as a Save The Children Fund shop; Didsbury’s only charity shop for decades (honestly) and next to it, Caffe Rouge and whatever the pub between the closed shop and the GBK is called, was a lovely cobblestone parking and mooching bay that had been the entrance to the station where you got the train to London.

I am on the Train to London now. Two hours only and there’s a Caffe Rouge, Subway and M&S Simply Food at Euston in case I get homesick. If Evans, Folk, Fusion Deli and Blade opened up here this place could do well. Next year I can pop on the metro and be at the new media capital of Britain in 10 minutes. Next they’ll be inventing Xbox Kinect.

Now fetch me Pomfret Cake and back to the reminiscing. When I give Didsbury Son this meander through the not mean streets that we tread, he looks at me like a gentle carer with a slightly confused patient. He puts his arm around me, smiles up with big grey eyes and ignoring it all, goes straight back into some technical breakdown of Legend of Zelda that takes the same time as your average shop re-fit.

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3 thoughts on “Domino’s Dancing and Step Back in Time

  1. A@a.com on said:

    Aldi was not a bus garage,it was the parking area for Heald’s milk floats.

  2. MissDidsbury on said:

    Just in front of Aldi was the Jaguar garage, and O’Neils was not Save the Children. It was another Irish pub chain. O’Malleys or something.

    There have always been charity shops in Disdsbury. Rainbow was where the Wetherspoons now is, and there was Wilson & wood, Cancer Research and another on the bit opposite shell.

    Cafe Rouge et al did not exist until 1997/8. All that was there was a lay by with lots of bottle banks. You really need to do your research on Didsbury as these changes have only happened in the last 20 years!, and I’m only 25!

    You are correct in saying that there are more charity shops, but there has always been a few including Oxfam, Save The Children, one down Barlow Moor Road for animals, Rainbow, Marie Curie,Cancer Research and a couple of others. The relatively new ones are Mind, Barnados, Sue Ryder, and Shelter.

    • Thank you for such a comprehensive telling off and putting right Miss Didsbury. I will tell Didsbury Son when he gets in. I do no research so please blame the 80s and early starts for mistakes. I do however remember playIng in Save the Children Fund shop which moved to School Lane when the site became a pub. As for the old Didsbury Statiom, more rambling on about that to come. Thanks for your interest. Look forward to reading more

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