Happy New Year
Shopping in King Street
One can only hope that at some point during 2009 this scene is repeated more often in King Street, South Shields. Our town is feeling the effects of the economic downturn in a very visible way, there are many empty retail units in our town centre and only a few days ago the largest of them all, Woolworths, closed their doors for the last time.
Despite everybody shouting “Sale” loud and clear, the shoppers have not been thronging our main street this past few days in South Shields. We expect one major supermarket to relocate from Ocean Road to the rear of King Street during 2009, but it will take a Herculean effort of imaginative “out of the box” thinking to restore confidence and provide a street filled with a wide variety of retailers that will once again satisfy the needs of consumers. Optimism right now is not very high.
Selective colouring achieved in Photoshop.
Camera details:Pentax K100D, 150mm lens, 1/60 second, f4, iso 200