Marks & Spencer 20, Queens Road Hastings

supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Leigh Kennedy… Marks and Spencer. The first Marks and Spencer store opened in 1920 at 20 Queens Road. In 1930 the building at 30 to 36 Queens Road (pictured) was built. M & S moved into new, purpose built premises opposite in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in 1996.

Fiona Evans… The good ol’ days,with sturdy shop fronts & lovely window displays.

Colin Gibson… These dinosaurs blew high st presence out and destroyed the cricket ground, along with co-conspirators boots the “chemist”. Queens Rd is now a tasteless selection of cheap imported tat with few exceptions. If it’s raining you can always go into priory “meadow”, for some indoor tat.

Russell Field… Colin, I believe M&S executives said “if you don’t build the shopping centre we’re leaving the town”. Shame, we should have had a lovely marina instead.

Alan Esdaile… It was Peacocks for awhile and rumoured to be Wilko store?

Patricia Burgess… We were back in Hasting in 2003, I could not get over what a mess the Queens Road was, it looked like a poverty stricken area. Such as pity, to destroy the Cricket fields

Peter Fairless… It is. It was.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember the excellent fruit and veg stalls at the side of M&S?