Changing face of square

IT'S now five years since the Savoy Square in Cleckheaton was created, so we thought readers would enjoy a timely reminder of how the area used to look exactly 20 years ago.

This photograph was taken in 1988 – before the Savoy cinema and the adjoining shops and Conservative Club were demolished.

The main entrance to the Savoy cinema was actually in Bradford Road, but there was a smaller entrance in Albion Street.

The Conservative Club was designed specially so it could accommodate retails units underneath.

Back in the 1920s those shops would have been Ellis and Co Provision Merchants and the Public Benefit Boot Co.

However in this picture the shop on the corner was a Door and Window Centre, and next to it was a ladies' fashion shop.

In a previous incarnation – in the 1960s, the dress shop was the Brazilia coffee bar, a popular haunt for Spen's teenagers, and the shop between that and the cinema was the old gas showrooms.

Between the bank and Albion Street is Foxy – originally a high class bakery and tea-rooms, then a restaurant.

It later became a pub and nightclub – and with that came the slight name change to Foxy's.

In recent years it has been taken over by Wetherspoons and is now the Obediah Brooke.