Of all the shops that no longer trade on Swindon's High Street, Woolworths must be one of those missed most by shoppers.

The popular retailer attracted crowds of customers to its Regent Street store for decades, just down the road from McIlroys, before the company collapsed into administration in 2008.

It was one of the chain's flagship stores, had a separate entrance on Edgeware Road, and often hosted events to show off the range of toys and treats available inside, with special guests like Barbie, flowerpot men Bill and Ben, and Chewits mascot The Chewitsaurus.

Sadly, the shop shut in 2009 and then, in 2010, became a Bhs - another one of the big brand names that are no longer in business.

As well as a busy town centre presence, Woolworths employed dozens of staff in a distribution centre based in Dorcan, whose security guards received commendations from the police in 2001, and received a visit from Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves at some point in its history.

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