Over the course of two decades, most of our city centers in and around DeSide have achieved some sort of growth.
Shops have come and gone, pubs and in some cases, entire streets have given way to new buildings and ventures.
Redcar is no exception.
Nearly 20 years ago, the Regents Walk development to create a new shopping center for the city was spearheaded by the last MP. Mo Moulam and the then sitting MP.
The year was 2002 and marked the final stage of a development that led to the collapse of streets and pubs leading to the shopping center and Morrison’s supermarket in the city.
Vince Smith took these photos, which he recently shared with the Redcar Memories social media group, on the streets that were cleared before construction began.
These include The Big & Whistle Pub, The Navy Club, The Gospel Hall on Regent Street, Old Cottages on Lord Street, Prince Place and the Railway Terrace.
Vince has kindly given permission to DeanSiteLive to reproduce the images, which will undoubtedly evoke many memories among Redcar residents.
Hundreds of jobs were created by the 23-unit shopping mall and Morrisons Super Store during that time.
The project was developed by the Desland Group in collaboration with Sir Robert McCallpine, Redcar and the Cleveland Council and One Northeast.