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Droitwich on a Sunday Morning 7

Like many towns Droitwich has many empty shops and, if not for the number of Charity shops the situation would be even worse. Still there is some good news. The toy shop which was the shop on the left has now reopened as a bed retailer.

Droitwich on a Sunday Morning 7

Like many towns Droitwich has many empty shops and, if not for the number of Charity shops the situation would be even worse. Still there is some good news. The toy shop which was the shop on the left has now reopened as a bed retailer.

comments (30)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Aug 2013, 00:50
Cripes, Bill! That's good news! Did it make front page of The Guardian, next to the latest bit about the UK Police State?

[Actually, Bill, this is a helluva picture!]
Bill Phillips: The Guardian is only interested in freedom and liberal issues. Mind you it is good that someone is....
Great spots of color...
Bill Phillips: Plenty of colour pixels for your money Larry
the reflection is riveting. stunning shot
Bill Phillips: Thanks Ayush. I was pleased with the reflection
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2013, 04:57
Great picture, beautiful reflections, I could use more words, but my spelling control is out of order, like my laptop which has to be taken to the repairman again..... sad
Bill Phillips: Oh dear lady P. You aren't having much luck with it!
I really love the reflections on the window!
Bill Phillips: Thanks E. I was rather pleased with them toosmile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2013, 06:12
Yesterday (Sunday!) Astrid and I were walking through our town and were mentioning how different it looks when all the shops are closed. But when they're also closed during the week, that's surely such a sad sight, Bill. Hopefully things will continue to pick up.
Bill Phillips: It is a common sight across the country Ginnie. Mind you I am one of those to blame as I buy most things on line
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2013, 06:53
Oh, a sad sight we are aware in many towns and cities, not only in England (as I saw in Colchester, also on a Sunday morning) - an interesting composition with all the reflections! The morning red may symbolize some hope!
Bill Phillips: The internet has made a big difference. It is so much easier to buy on line.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Aug 2013, 07:17
Your Sunday morning pictures inspire me to get into town early and see how different the photo opportuities will be
Bill Phillips: Set the alarm but check the weather forecast first Lisl grin
Thank you, kind Bill, for your offer of visit. I live a long way away, though. Your town looks very beautiful
Bill Phillips: Well you never know! I like our town. We have lived here for 36 years and raised our family here
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2013, 07:38
Is that because it is a dormer town? Sorry couldn't resist.

Fine photo Bill, brings home the plight of our towns - not all change is good.
Bill Phillips: GROAN!

Our Helen used to have a Saturday job in that green fronted shop. It was a newsagents and tobacconists at the time. Shops seem to come and go on the High Street and we often speculate on how long they will last!
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk ... Where the sun rises first in England
  • 19 Aug 2013, 07:44
Looks like the set for the final shoot out in the 'High Noon' film
Bill Phillips: Do not forsake me, oh, my darlin',
On this, our wedding day.
Do not forsake me, oh, my darlin',
Wait; wait alone.
I do not know what fate awaits me.
I only know I must be brave.
For I must face a man who hates me,
Or lie a coward, a craven coward;
Or lie a coward in my grave.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Aug 2013, 07:48
This is Droitwich as it has never been seen before. I admit it is a slight improvement on my Friday pictures
Bill Phillips: Chad's weekend pictures are an improvement on your Friday pictures
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2013, 08:01
Yes, a common site. As I said before, greedy landlords are partly to blame. Also changing shopping habits.
Bill Phillips: You are right Alan. Perhaps it is time to return some of the High Streets to residential use
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 19 Aug 2013, 08:29
The umbrella and raincoat shops must be doing a roaring trade Bill. Were you sprinting when you took this?
Bill Phillips: Parasols and sun cream are the boom products in sunny Droiters.

Sprint??? I have never sprinted in my life
  • Tony
  • uk
  • 19 Aug 2013, 08:41
I lov ethe soft morning colour with the daylight starting to overpower the streetlight. Lovely details too.
Bill Phillips: Thank you fro visiting Tony and for your kind words
Great shotsmile Greetings
Bill Phillips: Thank you and greetings to you too
Nice,Bill,it has that fresh early morning feel to it,which I vaguely remember. smile
Bill Phillips: I am getting out of the habit of getting up early and it was nice to do!
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 19 Aug 2013, 10:05
Very beautiful shot. Empty shops are very common here too.
Bill Phillips: The world is changing. More and more is being bought on line. Suits me I hate shopping!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 19 Aug 2013, 10:19
Well worth getting up early for those lovely colours
Bill Phillips: It was worth the effort Aussie. I should do it more!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Aug 2013, 11:18
Droitwichers must be scrooges. I like the pastel like colours. Very un-English tongue
Bill Phillips: Droitwich folk are very generous. Certainly when we have been asking for money for good causes!
Don't places look great without people and cars, nice shot Bill
Bill Phillips: It is a vast improvement John
Sadly, empty shops seem to be a universal problem. Once again, Bill, you've captured this lovely early morning light to perfection. The reflections in the bed retailer's window lend to the overall appeal of the image. Well done!
Bill Phillips: The reflection came out better than I dared hope. I think there are just too many shop units and perhaps our High streets should go back to being in part residential
Yes it's a shame the way things are going in our towns and there's going to have to be some rethinking done. The reflections and morning light are an added bonus Bill. Lovely shot
Bill Phillips: The world is moving on and shops will have to change
You should get up early more often for images like this.
Bill Phillips: But what if I turned into a real photographer in the process?
Superb perspective with the reflection Bill!
Bill Phillips: I am obliged to you sir
Another fine image Bill, lovely glow in the sky. The centre of our little town is almost bereft of any practical shops whatsoever these days, and yet the borough council wants to do double us up from 4,000 houses to 8,000 by 2026 latest, doesn't add up somehow!
Bill Phillips: Mind you if they do that there might be more shoppers
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2013, 19:12
What great reflections, a lovely picture
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Anne
Traditional retailing is very much under pressure, such a shame for town centres
Bill Phillips: They have to change Martin or disappear
Now, come on - they're all empty - this is virtual reality time smile
Bill Phillips: I can't fool you can I Tom?
Fab picture. Such a shame about the state of our high streets. Went to Evesham on Saturday and it is just as bad.
Bill Phillips: Haven't been to Evesham for ages but I'm not surprised

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