The Corner Shop, Mickleover

It is said that Napoleon called us “a nation of shop-keepers” and it wasn’t meant as a compliment. They are part of our identity and we take them for granted but they’re there when we need them. When this photograph was taken in the early 1900s, there were no supermarkets or out-of-town malls and shops such as this carried everything you might need. In the 1960s, my parents ran a corner shop and it was incredibly hard work, with long hours for very little financial reward. So this photograph is my tribute to the corner shop. Long may they thrive!

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