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Graham Soult

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  1. November 17, 2010

    […] One store in the latter category is Billingham’s (former) Ethel Austin. The town had the sheer bad luck to have Ethel Austin move into its former Woolworths store, only to then see Ethel’s collapse into administration as well. Having got the photo I was after, I turned on my heel and retreated back to the bus stop – after all, there was little other reason for me, or anyone else, to want to stay around. [UPDATE, 17 November 2010: It seems that Billingham's Ethel Austin hasn't, in fact, closed down.] […]

  2. November 17, 2010

    […] visiting Billingham yesterday, I also managed to fit in stops in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. In Hartlepool, there is no sign of […]

  3. August 7, 2012

    […] closed when I last passed by several months ago, while Blaydon and Billingham (the town’s former Woolworths site) have also now gone. This pattern is reflected nationally, where the 48 stores that existed at the […]

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