Decline and fall

By mrswoolybill
The long-running story of the decline of our town centres. This was taken some years ago, when Peacocks pulled out of Eldon Square.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Black and white Mannequin Newcastle upon tyne

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saltireblue Plus
11 11.9k 75 Norway
15 Mar 2021 7:54AM
Lots of time to study and memorize the dates and venues of the Eddie Izzard tour...
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 8:06AM
Fine mono work, Moira.
Peacocks closed their doors here for the last time at the end of last year.
Like a lot of places, Barry town centre shopping areas are littered with shops that are closed because of lock down and many will probably not reopen.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
15 Mar 2021 8:07AM
excellent work - love it
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
15 Mar 2021 8:28AM
Contemplating a future date 😁
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 8:29AM
Classy B/W. Well caught and she couldn't be looking at a better poster - love Eddie Izzard.

Kath
bluesandtwos 11 521 1 England
15 Mar 2021 8:31AM
So that's what Monty Pythons Black Knight looked like after he removed his armour!

With so many large stores going you would think there would be a glut of cheap manequins for sale, I wonder where? I wouldn't mind a few, or even just some limbs!!!

Dave
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 8:34AM

Quote:With so many large stores going you would think there would be a glut of cheap mannequins for sale, I wonder where? I wouldn't mind a few, or even just some limbs!!!

I keep looking, Dave, and I haven't found them yet. Mannequins have a predestined career path. They start off in classy stores, then move down to the likes of Peacocks. Next stop it's street market stalls, and finally the charity shops.
bluesandtwos 11 521 1 England
15 Mar 2021 8:43AM

Quote:
Quote:With so many large stores going you would think there would be a glut of cheap mannequins for sale, I wonder where? I wouldn't mind a few, or even just some limbs!!!

I keep looking, Dave, and I haven't found them yet. Mannequins have a predestined career path. They start off in classy stores, then move down to the likes of Peacocks. Next stop it's street market stalls, and finally the charity shops.



If you find a cheap supply Moira, please let me know!

Dave
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
15 Mar 2021 9:33AM
Peacocks shut here too, sad times Sad
ZenTony Plus
5 6 1 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 9:34AM
Sigh Moira. This is poignant, even now. In 50 years time even more so when people look back and remember the decline.
I guess by then the choice will be Amazon and ................................................
Tony
15 Mar 2021 9:37AM

Quote:
..... Mannequins have a predestined career path. They start off in classy stores, then move down to the likes of Peacocks. Next stop it's street market stalls, and finally the charity shops.



Something human models should keep in mind perhaps...

Like the image Moira, the model is looking sadly at the poster, perhaps thinking of the decline of Eddie Izzard.
David
15 Mar 2021 9:45AM
A perfectly formed lump of plastic for the focal point, Moira. Smile

Sadly, the decline had already started long before Covid arrived.
It's heart braking to see signs going up like the one in ju's
favourite cloths shop, Dorothy Perkins at Hempstead Valley.
An A3 piece of paper stuck on the blanked out door read something like this:

On behalf of all our staff we would like to say a big thank you for the
support of our wonderful customer's over the years,
it has been a pleasure to serve you all, but sadly,
we have to say goodbye.

Got to admit, it brought a lump to my throat and a tear to Julie's eye.
It's hard to imagine our towns without shops but; will we ever see
a decline in online shopping? No, because it's what the world is now geared up for
in every way that we can imagine.
However, I have a feeling that cloths shops will return and food shops will survive.
There are some things that we all like to see before we buy.

John.
15 Mar 2021 10:28AM
Changing times.
And it was recently in the news that Eddie Izzard now "identifies" as female.
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
15 Mar 2021 10:33AM
I feel on-line shopping plus lockdown, is the final straw in more closures of High Street shops. They always seem to leave the poor mannequins behind, even after many years of faithful service.
Ian
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
15 Mar 2021 10:53AM
A world wide issue I think Moira , we may be in the midst of the changing of the guard , excellent documentation
Ian
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 11:12AM
Thanks folks, and thanks Alan for the UA.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
15 Mar 2021 11:41AM
She looks sad that she's been left behind 🙁 Many shops left like this - in our Ridings Shopping Centre, currently there's only M&S, Morrisons and Superdrug open. Can't see many others opening up when this Coronavirus business is all over 😳
Trev 😀
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
15 Mar 2021 12:06PM
I've got a Mannequin, if you'd like to borrow it SmileSmile It's got all of it's limbs.
Has 'Peacocks' been replaced by a charity shop yet?.
15 Mar 2021 12:08PM
Life has been unfaithful
And it all promised so much ..
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 12:33PM

Quote:Life has been unfaithful
And it all promised so much ..


The story of our lives.
Thanks folks, and thanks to Leo for the UA.

Quote:I've got a Mannequin, if you'd like to borrow it Smile Smile It's got all of it's limbs.

Dave, this may count as too much information... But this whole bit of Eldon Square has been replaced, and to be honest I cannot remember what's there now.
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 12:34PM
Making mannequins is an artform in its own right, and something that I think most people don't realise or even think about.

I love this. Your eye for the unusual, and the juxtaposition of the individual pieces, as always tells a story. People go to a clothes shop called Peacocks, to buy clothes to parade around in down the town, showing themselves off like the proverbial peacock to attract a mate (or a 5-minute whatever ...). The placement of the Eddie Izzard poster (or whatever it is) is delightful in itself. That's one man who makes a career out of being a peacock, and loves every minute of it!

The decline of the high street is sad, and the past year has highlighted that even more.

Your imagery speaks volumes - it always does.

T
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2021 12:36PM
Thanks Tanya, that means a lot. Grin
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 776 England
15 Mar 2021 1:04PM
The mannequin here reminds me of a Romanesque statue and the fall of the Roman Empire so your title is very apt.
After the Romans left Britain (that could be considered the first Brexit) we entered the dark ages. History could repeat itself on the High Street.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
15 Mar 2021 1:11PM
So common nowadays. I wonder if the shop owners leave stuff in the windows on purpose. Perhaps some are photographers themselves and know the value of a good candid (and historical record).
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
15 Mar 2021 1:16PM
Perfect capture. I love this.

Sherman Grin

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2021 7:46AM
Thanks everyone, and thanks Ollie for the UA.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2021 2:58PM
I like the shot, such a good photo opportunity Moira,
Well seen, Isabel GrinGrinGrin

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