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Virginia Galleries

Postby DMcNay » Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:58 pm

Anyone got any pictures or stories from any era of the Virginia Galleries? I've got many fond memories of spending my Saturdays in there, buying second-hand sci-fi books from Obelist and then going to have a gab with Kenny in Whiplash Records. A great place to hang about and meet your mates.

Now, of course, sadly demolished. If the rumours are correect, it was caused by Marks and Spencer building next door to it and disturbing the foundations. Allegedly.
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Postby DickyHart » Thu Mar 18, 2004 7:02 pm

The Virginia galleries where great, great place to go and buy loads of brilliant posters and books.
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Postby kn0wledge » Thu Mar 18, 2004 7:47 pm

There was a tattoo/piercing parlour in there, I went with my friend many times while he got himself decorated. It's been gone for about 4 years now, hasn't it?
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Postby DMcNay » Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:05 pm

Yeah, it was shut VERY suddenly because huge cracks appeared in the walls. I seem to recall the traders weren't allowed in for quite some time to get their stock because the whole building was structurally unsound.

Then it lay empty for a good few years before it was demolished suddenly and without any warning.
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Postby kn0wledge » Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:07 pm

yea I remember that. We went in one week, and next week it was all boarded up. Then I heard it was subsiding or something, I never did find out exactly what happened.

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Postby DMcNay » Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:18 pm

It was demolished sometime last year I think.

It was claimed that it was safer to demolish it. For safer read "cheaper".
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Postby Fossil » Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:38 pm

emmar wrote:I

Like everything good about Glasgow in that street, gone - blooming Nash's too disappeared :-(


...Nash was in MIller Street me thinks :)
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Postby Fossil » Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:48 pm

..can I point out there is a tunnel from the collect by car area of virgina st to M and S on the other side....
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Postby crusty_bint » Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:51 pm

yeah, thats the same same tunnel :D
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Postby Fossil » Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:56 pm

this was in use before the demolition....I sure its been ther for years the original M n S was in what is now River Island...
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Postby crusty_bint » Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:59 pm

wooops.... sorry :oops:
I never knew about that one then
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Postby Fossil » Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:06 pm

:wink: cool

yeh theirs a tunnel from the new to the old store,as they call it
It is used still.
Now just think what 's between shops and banks in the city centre..
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Postby crusty_bint » Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:10 pm

Interesting!!!! Does this hark back to the "Street und Argyle St" post???
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Postby Fossil » Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:17 pm

..next time your in M and S its in the basement if you request collect by car they push it through doors, through the tunnel on the other side is a lift which takes you goods up to the collect by car area across the street...
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Postby dee » Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:07 am

old john the printer was the star in that place..
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