Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Oh B-b-b-b-bugger …

For those Brits who fondly remember the BBC’s sitcom comedy classic 'Open All Hours', may not be aware that the shop originally used in filming, could soon be up for the council wrecking ball.

Council chiefs in Doncaster have warned that some of the town's pre-1919 housing may have to be demolished to make way for new developments. Arkwrights old shop is in the firing line.

News of the demolition proposals came as friends of ‘Open All Hours’ star Ronnie Barker, who played the stammering Arkwright, gathered at Westminster Abbey last Friday for a memorial service to the actor who died in October 2005.

The shop in Lister Avenue was not a grocery store in real life, but a hairdressing salon (it still is). The BBC set designers altered the shop front to suit their requirements and the series ran from 1976 - 1985.

Now, Doncaster Council has it’s eye on redesigning the whole street.

Oh, progress …

Stu

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