NOSTALGIA: Before Dunelm moves out, let’s look back at the stir caused when Keightley’s moved in
In May 1959, crowds gathered for the opening of Messrs Keightley’s new ‘walk-round store’ at the premises.
The stores in the Keightley group were once a prominent feature in the town.
Of this latest addition, the Standard wrote: “Most impressive upon entering is the curved staircase leading up to the bedding and floor coverings department.
“And in the shelter of the staircase the small wooden counter which saw the start of the Keightley family history is displayed. Of plain dark wood, it contrasts strikingly with the gay colourful counters surrounding it.
“These new counters, well stocked with attractive goods ranging from cosmetics and fabrics to children’s wear and gloves, display their wares very temptingly – so temptingly, in fact, that almost within minutes of the opening the first sale had been made, and others quickly followed!”
Pictured on this page we see Mrs H. E. Keightley being presented with a bouquet by Jean Lowis, a Keightley employee, as she officially opens the store – at 10am on Friday, May 15.