In December 2011 A+DS opened an exhibition in the Lighthouse that explored the past, present and potential future of High Streets. As part of research gathered for the High Street exhibition, interviews were conducted with various people with an active interest in the High Street to collect their views on the issues causing decline and the means by which this can be overcome.
High Streets need people. They are sociable places with shop keepers’ small talk and neighbourhood gossip, full of activity and interaction. They require shoppers, shop owners, entrepreneurs and original ideas. We talked to lots of people about the High Streets from long standing family businesses and community co-operatives to planners, politicians and town centre managers. The above video shows what they had to say.
Featured in this video are:
- Alan Steel, Paisley High Street Shopper
- Cora McCormich, Paisley High Street Shopper
- Jane Wood, Chair of the Dunbar Community Bakery and CEO Scottish Business in the Community
- Murray Barnett, Artisan Baker, G H Barnett Bakers with five bakers in the East Neuk of Fife
- Lindsay Lennie, Author of ‘Scotland’s Shops’ and historic shop conservation expert. (Book on sale in the High Street exhibition)
- Liz Davidson, Architectural conservationist and Principal: City Design, Glasgow City Council
- Richard Johnston, Director, Thomas Johnston Butchers (Est. 1861), fourth generation butcher with seven shops across central Scotland.
- Derek Clyde, Owner Glentress Bikes, High Street, Peebles
- Jane McGarry, Assistant Manager, Age Scotland, High Street, Peebles
- Andy Kennedy, Stirling City Centre Initiative Manager, Stirling Council
- Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling
- George Adam, MSP, Paisley Constituency, Scottish National Party
- William Livingstone, Retired Editorial Director of the Dunfermline Press Group, Chairman of the Carnegie Dunfermline
- Trust and Dunfermline resident
- Bob Darracott, Director of Planning & Transport, Renfrewshire Council
- Wallace Glendinning, Retired architect and native of Ayr
- Sheena Andrew, Retired librarian, Trustee of the Scottish Civic Trust and former secretary of the Local Civic Society in Ayr.
Headline image photographed by Alan Dimmick. Video produced by Stone Opera.