Now and Then: Marks and Spencer in busy Kirkcaldy High Street, 1978

The difference between two eras in Kirkcaldy High Street could hardly be more staggering.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 22nd October 2018, 4:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd October 2018, 4:26 am

A photo of the shop and surrounding area taken in 1978 shows just how busy the High Street used to be.

Now, as M&S prepares to close early next year, we can see in a modern photo just how little footfall there is nowadays.

The pictures were taken by Kenneth Galloway of the Pet Shop on Kirkcaldy High Street.

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The two photos blended together show the contrast.

The 1978 picture shows a mobbed High Street with cars parked on the road – long before pedestrianisation.

Meanwhile, the 2018 version shows a bleak retail landscape with very few shoppers.

It’s a pinch felt by many high streets up and down the UK, with drastic changes in shopping habits and the rise of online retail.

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Kirkcaldy High Street, 1978. Picture: Kenneth Galloway

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Kirkcaldy High Street, 2018. Picture: Kenneth Galloway