612 - So Long, And Thanks for All the Fishmarket

14th Mar 2012, 12:00 PM in Post-Hiatus
So Long, And Thanks for All the Fishmarket
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Tim 14th Mar 2012, 12:00 PM edit delete
So, recently, the local art gallery, the Fishmarket, closed down. It was a pretty great place, it had this cafe which had live music and comedians and shit playing there, and it was home to the Bicycle Bazaars where I sold most of my comics, badges and t-shirts. It sometimes had some decent art exhibits too. And now it's being torn down to build the new bus station, while the current one is torn down and replaced with more shopping. Joy. Because we clearly didn't have enough shops in our town centre.


Mazriel 14th Mar 2012, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
They're rethinking knocking it down! :D http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/environment-transport/fishmarket-is-not-the-only-option-for-northampton-bus-interchange-claim-opposition-politicians-1-3595091
bnortondavies 14th Mar 2012, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
But on the plus side you might get a new Starbucks! Ooh and a Tesco Metro!!

Seriously that sucks- It's like any individuality a place has is being stamped out and every town centre is now a carbon copy of everywhere else. And big businesses say: "Well it's what people want." Do they make that decision before or after they have squeezed the smaller competition out, do you think?

I'm slightly sickened by it all- I don't know the Fishmarket but I have seen it happen to so many places over the years and even petitions and rallies have done little to persuade local councils to let people keep what they already have and seemingly love in favour of new multi million pound developments that stand empty because nobody can afford the insane rent they charge for the unit space.

I raise a skinny latte to the Fishmarket, may her memory live longer than its bitter aftertaste.
Plasma Man 14th Mar 2012, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
I'm sure I read something in the paper about it being given a new venue near the Derngate.

It was a cool place though, and I'm going to miss it. I have fond memories of it from both being a kid and going there and seeing all the fish on the counters, right through to going to comedy nights at the Nook.
Tim 14th Mar 2012, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
@Mazriel - Yeh, but that's the opposition. It's pretty much their job to disagree with whoever's in charge and get ignored. I'm not too optimistic about this.

@bnortondavies - Oh, yeh, there is actually a Starbucks in Northampton now. Only one for now, but with the Grosvenor getting extended, who knows.
And yeh, it's the same chain shops; Tesco, Costa, Argos, WHSmith (although I'm fine with that one), and a dozen others. No town has it's own personality anymore, just one that money has decided suites us all.

@Plasma Man - Yeh, it's getting a place round there, but it loses one of the best things about it - being right next to town. Seriously, you could go there to just hang out, and if you got hungry, head into the cafe, or nip across the road to Subway or Cromwell's. Now, it's out of the way, and it'll get no passing traffic, and even fewer people will be aware of it than before.