ALTHOUGH it may look as though these pictures were taken at a quiet time of day, they may well have been snapped during a busy period for East Street Shopping Centre.

The retail complex failed to capture the hearts of Southampton people and unfortunately fell short at attracting businesses to occupy all the units.

It was once part of a bold vision to revolutionise the city centre and changed the face of East Street – one of the city's oldest streets.

Using a modern design and plenty of concrete, it was Southampton’s first shopping centre.

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But the 1970s East Street Shopping Centre turned out to be a white elephant, with shoppers shunning the stores.