Shows gorup of people assembled in Pier Road on the 9th August 1966 to witness the begining of the demolition of the Town Centre prior to its redevelopment. The shop frontage on the right is that of Mitchell's Department Store which would be the centrepiece of the ceremony. The store had closed in September 1961
Taken from the roof of the Odeon Cinema looking across High Street into Queens Street. The shop on the corner of High Street and Queens Street was for many years Goulds the grocers.
Photograph taken from the roof of the Odeon Cinema. In the foreground the frontage of the Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society furniture department store which stood in the High Street at the junction with Queens Street. On the right hand side of Queens Street can be seen the Baptist Churches. The spire of Christ Church can be seen in the background.
The Chairman of St. Martins Properties announces the begining of the demolition of the Town Centre on the 9th of August 1966 from a dais outside Mitchells Department Store in Pier Road. The lady in the white outfit is Mrs. Majorie Barron the Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley.
Taken from the roof of the Odeon Cinema looking up queens Street. in the foreground the frontage of the Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society furniture store. At the top of the road can be seen Queens Street Baptist church. Thne spire of christ church can be seen in the background. Prior to any demoliltion.
Part of the official party outside Mitchells Department Store in Pier Road on the 9th August 1966 prior to the Ceremony .
A photograph of the Erith Observer Office in Pier Road. In the window posters announce the Demolition is about to commence on the 9th of August 1966.
The official party consisting of, from left to right, Mayor Ken Smith, the Chairman of St. Martins Properties and Mrs. Marjorie Barron the Deputy Mayor,as the latter prepares to break the window of Mitchells Department Store to mark the commencement of the demolition of the Town Centre on the 9th August 1966. The shops in the background are Easiphit the shoe shop and that with the the red overboard is the original Woolworths Store that stood on the site of the present one.
Deputy Mayor Mrs. Marjorie Barron speaks to the large crowd that gathered in Pier Road prior to the offical begining of the demolition of the Town Centre on the 9th of August 1966
Part of the large crowd in Pier Road that attended the official ceremony to mark the begining of the demolition of the Town Centre on the 9th of August 1966, prior to its redevelpoment.