Upmarket shopping on George Street

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HE looks a little uncomfortable as the shop worker carefully measures his blazer ahead of the new school term.

The fitting may have been a tiresome experience for the young boy pictured here back in July 1972, but perhaps his George Street shopping trip picked up later in the day.

Shopping for a carpet in the Martin's curtains and soft furnishings department in 1964

Shopping for a carpet in the Martin's curtains and soft furnishings department in 1964

For back then, with its many independent stores – including Aitken and Niven where our picture was taken – the thoroughfare was the place to be seen with thousands heading there every month.

The Evening News has reported something of a return to this heyday as work to revamp the street is attracting an extra 20,000 pedestrians every week – with nine out of ten saying the work has made the area more ­attractive.

Partial pedestrianisation of the street and the bid to ­create a new “cafe quarter” for the Capital saw footfall for the last two months increase by 8.7 per cent on the same period last year. A one-way traffic system, cycle lanes, decking and marquees for outdoor ­eating and drinking also seem to be drawing in the crowds.

It is a marked contrast from our picture here of George Street in November 1964, where cars played little part in the landscape, motorists easily finding a place to park.

A woman tries on a fur coat at Dowell's Auctioneers in 1970

A woman tries on a fur coat at Dowell's Auctioneers in 1970

There was no outdoor drinking or dining back then either, the respectability of the area instead very formal.

Such was the shopping experience too, as shown here as this shopper went about the purchase of some soft furnishings in Martins of George Street.

And would this woman trying on a fur coat in Dowell’s auctioneer ever have been able to imagine the day food and drink would be served on the street of this famous shopping attraction?

A boy tries on his new school blazer in Aitken & Niven in July 1972

A boy tries on his new school blazer in Aitken & Niven in July 1972

Austin and Morris cars on display at Eastern Motor Co in 1964

Austin and Morris cars on display at Eastern Motor Co in 1964

Few cars were in evidence in November 1964

Few cars were in evidence in November 1964