It was once a thriving shopping arcade that stood in the heart of Aberdeen’s Tillydrone community.
And although the shopping centre in Hayton Road will soon be demolished, efforts are under way among community leaders to ensure its history is not forgotten.
Tillydrone councillor Ross Grant has joined Tillydrone Community Council chairwoman Linda Barclay in calling for people to record their memories of the hub before the bulldozers move in to finally reduce it to rubble.
Cllr Grant has asked for people to send in photographs, which he hopes can feature in a heritage exhibition at the new community hub when it opens in 2019.
“We are on the verge of starting the first chapter of an exciting new era for the area and there will be benefits for everyone,” said Cllr Grant, who is also the council’s regeneration spokesman.
He added: “However, there is a tremendous amount of history attached to the shopping arcade and many people have fond memories of it.
“It is important for us to do all we can to record those memories for posterity.”
Surveys prior to the demolition work are set to begin in the next six weeks, with the centre due to be flattened in the autumn.
Work will then begin on a new state-of-the-art £6 million community hub, complete with shops, on-site council services for housing tenants as well as a training kitchen and laundry area.
There will also be a library, creche, IT area, cafe and a business start-up unit.
Linda welcomed the development but said it was important that the close-knit community of yesteryear is not forgotten.
She said: “Tillydrone was an up-and-coming community back in the 1960s and 1970s and it was a wonderful place to live; the shopping centre was the beating heart.
“There was a haberdashery shop there that was the centre of the community.
“It specialised in baby clothes and people loved it.
“Back in those days, people would shop most days rather than once a week at a supermarket, but things have changed a lot since then.
“People didn’t have the money or the transport to be able to travel to shops further away and supermarkets have become more popular.
“Also, people didn’t have freezers back then, so fresh food was important.
“It’s obviously become more convenient for people, but it’s a shame that it has resulted in the importance of the shopping area being reduced.
“The idea of recording the details of Tillydrone’s past is a good one and I would encourage people to take part.”
Cllr Grant said: “People could call in, get their hair cut, buy from the butchers and the bakers, get their fruit and veg and buy a newspaper; everyone would know them well.
“You could spend a significant amount of time there and enjoy the company of others.”
Cllr Grant has asked people to e-mail their memories and photographs to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or they can write to him at Aberdeen City Council Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY.