Northern Sewing Centre

Now closed after 42 years of serving the sewing-machine needs of Newtownards and district.

I have fond memories of staring into the windows of this shop as a Young Lad, intrigued by the odd machines therein. And the curious smell on the few occasions that my mum took me in so that she could buy thread or metal spools for her machine.

The opening hours are a wonderful remnant of an earlier era, when Newtownards was closed on Thursdays. Every shop pulled down its blinds or orange-tinted Sun-screens for a day of rest, except for those outlets in the satanic new "Shopping Centre" which opened in 1977.

Congratulations to the proprietor on retirement. No more rushed 1hour 45 minutes lunches now!