(NB NAH always likes his own headlines!)
A Dent on Chippenham's Horizon
Whenever a new shopping centre opens, I'm generally eager to see what it has to offer. Usually I find the anticipation better than the actual first visit.
When a shopping centre closes, I'm much more concerned about what will not be on offer any more.
Over the years, Chippenham has seen fit to allow some of its cultural icons to disappear, seemingly without any real thought about the meaning of the loss to the town. Remember these: Richard Branson's first night club, Golddiggers (formerly a Gaumont cinema); the 50 metre outdoor swimming pool below the Olympiad centre; the subway near the railway arches (built to help pedestrians cross the busy road!).
Now another one is to go and be replaced with more town centre residential properties.
|Dentons 27th June 2013|
I've lived in the Chippenham area since 1984 and Dentons has always been there. Listening to shoppers looking for a closing-down bargain at 50% off, the comment "we don't have it but try Dentons" was the frequent story quoted from other stores. Personally, this happened to me a while ago when I wanted to buy some paraffin as nobody else stocked it any more.
If you've ever had a look around Dentons, it's easy to see why they have always been recommended.
|It's here somewhere...|
|...or perhaps here!|
|Hidden treasure trove|
My paraffin search led me to discover Dentons' prize icon, the paraffin dispensing machine.
|One gallon or two sir?|
I did make a small enquiry about what was to happen to the machine when the shop closed. I was informed that it would be going into Chippenham's museum. Thank goodness for that; it's just one of those treasures that needs preserving - and using if possible.
|Dentons, soon to be a Dent on Chippenham's horizon|