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    Photo of a bustling Vennel 1960's

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRSLEFTPEG View Post
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    Those days are long gone JRS. Great photo

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    I remember this kind of bustle in the 70s . Newalls famous toy shop where I would be able to pick a small metal soldier out of the front window for myself as an occasional treat. Also Fusco's cafe with its distinctive coffee maker sound . Great days but consigned to history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRSLEFTPEG View Post
    I remember this kind of bustle in the 70s . Newalls famous toy shop where I would be able to pick a small metal soldier out of the front window for myself as an occasional treat. Also Fusco's cafe with its distinctive coffee maker sound . Great days but consigned to history.
    Peters Army and Navy Store I remember well !

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    I wonder how long Burtons has been in Dumfries ? Anyone know ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRSLEFTPEG View Post
    I wonder how long Burtons has been in Dumfries ? Anyone know ?
    1934

    https://www.viewdumfriesandgalloway....3#.W7y1qjFCisw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagapapa View Post


    Certainly seems like itís been there forever. Glad itís still there during these difficult times

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRSLEFTPEG View Post
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    shops and people were not out to rip people of in those days ,this country has got so money orientated over the years its killed towns up and down the country ,people helped eachother out back then ,greed has replaced that ,now we have a town of shops that over price everything in the name of profit ,profiteering has got so bad nowadays .

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    lol and before anyone says businesses are trying to survive ,just take your time to check out there owners ,see them drive about in a fancy car and live in a fancy house lol ,iv got a few old pals that have owned businesses some retired and a couple of friends that still have it ,and iv heard this slogan from them many a time "theres nae money in this these days " how often iv heard that beggers belief ,and thay have good bought houses and good cars and swan of 3 or 4 hols a year lol ,when some one tells you theres no cash in something just take a look at what thay have and ask yourself how have thay payed for that then lol .

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    I always associate the Vennel with Peters (Wranglers and Levi's) and Fusco's (Hot Vimto and their mynah bird). Great to see them again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisxiv View Post
    I always associate the Vennel with Peters (Wranglers and Levi's) and Fusco's (Hot Vimto and their mynah bird). Great to see them again!
    Where the Vennel crosses Irish Street near the Dougie Arms pub was for many years Cliff Hamilton's
    Shoe Shop which featured a mark on the wall where one of the biggest Nith floods reached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisxiv View Post
    I always associate the Vennel with Peters (Wranglers and Levi's) and Fusco's (Hot Vimto and their mynah bird). Great to see them again!
    That reminds me Louis , when I showed this photo yesterday to a man in his 70's , he said he remembered the parakeet in Fusco's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ftivano1 View Post
    Where the Vennel crosses Irish Street near the Dougie Arms pub was for many years Cliff Hamilton's
    Shoe Shop which featured a mark on the wall where one of the biggest Nith floods reached.
    Are you sure about the flood level being at Hamiltons shoe shop? That would suggest that the Vaults and the other shops at the bottom of the vennel would be about twenty feet under water.... highly unlikely as the water would be more or less over the Devorgilla bridge for that to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ftivano1 View Post
    Where the Vennel crosses Irish Street near the Dougie Arms pub was for many years Cliff Hamilton's
    Shoe Shop which featured a mark on the wall where one of the biggest Nith floods reached.
    It seems unlikely that the floods ever reached as high as that. If you look at where Hamiltons shop was and picture the water from the alleged high mark it would suggest that the Vaults and the rest of the bottom of the Vennel would be under about twenty feet of water given the gradient of the Vennel.

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    Strange... I post one and the message disappears from the board.Post another one and the original appears again!!

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    Looking at the original picture again, maybe twenty feet is a bit much, but when you consider that the shop was opposite fuscos(just above where the youngers beer sign is in the picture) if you invisage standing where the picture has been taken and say that the water was at the wheels of the car standing on its own, that suggests about maybe twelve feet of water from where the pic has been taken from. Still hard to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagapapa View Post
    Looking at the original picture again, maybe twenty feet is a bit much, but when you consider that the shop was opposite fuscos(just above where the youngers beer sign is in the picture) if you invisage standing where the picture has been taken and say that the water was at the wheels of the car standing on its own, that suggests about maybe twelve feet of water from where the pic has been taken from. Still hard to believe.
    Well George I have just this morning spoken to a former employee of Pearsons and the lady confirmed one
    particulsrly huge flood many years did, in fact, come up as far as the Vennel / Irish Street crossroads. You can
    of course ask any auld worthies you may know if they remember the flood mark originally referred to.

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