The amazing things Cheltenham had in the 1990s

Rachel, Ross, Joey and, err, the other ones. Euro 96 and 30 years of hurt. Britpop.

Tony Blair!! Remember him? He was kind of a big deal for a while.

Err, Maastricht and ahem, ever closer union. Shall we forget about that one? Anyway – it might seem either five minutes ago or lost deep in the historical past but looking back, Cheltenham has lost so much.

Here’s the almost definitive list of things you could do in the 1990s that you can’t do now in Cheltenham. Enjoy a film in one of the five or seven screens at the Odeon, an Art Deco wonder

The Beatles played there you know. You could buy a flat there now, we suppose.

And play a DVD. Not the same though, is it? Go to the original Cult Clothing in Bath Road, on the tricky corner with the High Street

Superdry?

Well yes, that’s fine for Johnny-Come-Latelies. Some of us remember the original little shop. (And some of us remember the original market stall. Not many of us, mind)

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Enjoy a Wimpy Burger in Cheltenham High Street

Ah, we all loved a big bender.

That was the name of the sausage. It was, honestly. And actually the burgers were pretty decent.

And the banana splits and sundaes. We used a pic of a Knickerbocker Glory because it looks nicer than a burger. Ride on the Noddy Train

Cheers, Big Ears.

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Eating out in Cheltenham

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  • What a feast - Sunday Lunch at No38 the Park38 the Park
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  • Le Champignon Sauvage

Shop/hang around in Young World toys in the Regent Arcade

Lots of fun with the security guards.

But, you know, all innocent enough. Your honour. Swap ends at Whaddon Road while watching Cheltenham Town in the Southern League

Jumpers for goalposts, the players used to get the bus to the ground, you could get in the match and buy fish and chips afterwards and 20 Woodbines and still half enough for the Betty Grable film at the Odeon (see above) from half a crown.

Or something. Fall/be pushed in the moat at Pate’s Grammar School

The academic cream of the county, ladies and gentlemen. The top of the shop.

But give ’em a ditch filled with water and what do they do? Push the first years in. At least, they did many years ago. (Our lawyers have told us to say.)

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See India and Pakistan House, eyesore high rise flats on Coronation Square

They had a starring role in Casualty as they were being pulled down.

Possibly an episode of Casualty set in Beirut. (Though, actually in this pic, they look okay. But they were honestly a bit of a state.)

Rent VHS videos from Top Video on Prestbury Road

It was a lovely little shop. Moved with the times and got into DVDs. Then bowed to the digital revolution and closed.

Netflix and chill has a lot to answer for. Not walk down the Honeybourne Line and feel safe

It was a rough gravel path. Overgrown with brambles and shrubbery and with lots of dodgy characters.

It’s better now, it really is. We might do the odd story of unsavoury goings on there, but there’s no comparison. Walk down the Prom without seeing the Minotaur & Hare sculpture

But then we didn’t have the joy of appearing all cool and metropolitan when country bumpkins straight off the turnip truck from Bristol and Gloucester and places like that notice the, well you know, and gasp. In outraged shock. Yokels.

Buy CDs at the Virgin Megastore on the High Street

i-Tunes and Friendster. In the same dock as Netflix and chill Study for a degree at the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education

Yeah,okay, the University of Gloucestershire sounds posher.

But there was surely a sponsorship opportunity with the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society. A chance missed, we think.

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Open an account with the C&G

Mind, any sponsorship of the college wouldn’t have lasted very long as the C&G has gone in all but name now. If you still have a mortgage with them, it still exists, but hasn’t taken on any new customers since 2013.

Essentially a victim of the bail-out due to the banking crisis.

Let’s hear it for capitalism, everybody.

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