There is a blues song from Memphis, Tennessee, called 'Beale Street isn't Beale Street any more'. The singer bemoans that when he returned to the haunts of his youth he found them gone or put to other uses.
Many of us can find parallels. High Street, Alcester, is becoming a parallel for old Alcestrians. Since the 1960s Adcock's changed its name; then there were Collett's and Stanley's: now we see the disappearance of the 'Bunting' name; this is after a century of service and two centuries of grocery business. The specialised wares that John Bunting (and his family before him) provided, were an antidote to the local supermarket. The new owners promise more of the same and we welcome their assurance. There has been a shop on the Bunting site since the mid l7th century, though before the grocery business, hardware and chandlery were the trades. Our readers will wish John and his family a very happy future and thank them for a friendly and personal service over many years.
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