THIS week’s Flashback Thursday takes a look back at the town centre in the early 1970s.

The first phase of the new town centre was opened officially in 1968, but over the next few years more shops opened. The Gazette ran a publicity feature in 1971 which is where I have sourced this week’s photos from.

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