Friday, 3 July 2009


This sequence of photos, taken on 6th October 1961, captures the official opening of Richard Shops in the Murraygate.
The top image shows the big crowd that had gathered around to witness the event.
The middle picture features the moment the grand opening occurred, which was at 11:30 am to be exact!
Incidentally, this is Lady Isobel Barnett doing the ribbon cutting honours, and being a high profile media celeb at the time, helped attract the large turnout.
The third photo is a general shot of the store after the days commotion had settled down and was now open for business.
The shop would have looked very modern too back in '61, especially compared to its surroundings.

Big thanks to Richard.

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