Court Arcade. This facade has been around for many decades, only what is behind it changes… We had a unit there from 1972 until 1990 when we moved to our present site.

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Court arcade 1972-1990

Court Arcade 1972-1990 – This is the facade which was saved when the old Court Cinema burnt down many years ago. By the time we took up residence there, it was a shopping arcade called Court Arcade. The space behind this facade was nothing more than a long shed, divided into units. The units had concrete floors, asbestos in the ceilings, and no proper access to drinking water or toilet facilities. Never the less it became a fantastic ‘alternative’ arcade and was well ahead of its time. We have many happy memories of our time there, and we still in many cases keep in touch with friends we made during those crazy days.

About Beryl Maughan Hankin

I'm Beryl the proprietor and scribe of Guru Boutique. I also try to write a little bit on my own account. Guru is an independent, fair trade business established almost five decades ago and located in Darlington, UK. I work there with my best friends Tony and Colin. In addition to many other duties, I manage the blog and social media sites for the shop and for myself. Growing up back in the 1940s I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined such a thing as the internet, let alone a blog. However, here I am over seventy-five years later being able to communicate with the world via such things. To quote Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, "What a long strange trip this has been" - and it's not over yet! (Guru Boutique's logo is based on a Mayan harvest deity and my own profile logo is by Mr Derek Hargreaves).

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