Come Back Soon

COMMERCIAL STREET, BRIGHOUSE (c1968)

This is a photograph I took in the 1960s of Commercial Street, Brighouse. Looking at it again as it emerges from the negative scanning machine, I am struck by the changes. Not the physical changes – the buildings are just about the same as they were fifty years ago; Brighouse has been lucky in that way. Sat here, however, in renewed lockdown, I would take the rain, I would take the old cars, the plastic rain hats and donkey jackets: I would take them all gladly, just to have again the crowded streets and carefree activity that was such a part of this scene from half a century ago.

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