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Old Leonards

Picture taken on 19th April 1981. picture #1098 shows the building as it is today (Careers Scotland, formerly the Orkney Opportunities Centre) and Mike Dunster asked when it changed- my enquiries suggest 1983.
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Picture added on 24 November 2005
I'm pretty sure it was later than that - it was definitely still leonards in the late 80's because me and my friends used to spend hours in there in 1987!
Added by S Murry on 24 November 2005
That's the Leonards I used to know. I remember it particularly for getting noticed by a shop assistant when I tried to lift (= take without paying, for the uninitiated - something P7 boys are prone to try at some point in their lives) a 1.5p Action Transfer (that's what we used to have before there were Gameboys). I ended up terrified to go in to the shop again for about another 6 months after.
Added by Mike Dunster on 25 November 2005
I found these pictures extremely interesting as with the surname Leonard I had no idea of the history of that name and the Orkneys. My wife and I recently visited and purchased a few books on the history and by George Mackay Brown from the Book Orcadiana I learnt of the story of the German Balloonists from this lead to this site and to the Book Shop pictured above. We are planning to return to the Islands in the near future to follow up on our discoveries.

Added by Jim Leonard - Tasmania on 26 August 2007
I used to spend hours in there every summer when I was a wee loon while I was up seeing my Gran & Grandad Bews at Orphir. Most of my pocket money went into that brilliant shop! The change was spent on sweets at Woolies.
Added by Kenneth MacDonald on 23 November 2009
Linda Bain and Tina Meldrum on there way to the Georgian Bar
Added by Alistair Wilson on 25 November 2016
Still to this day the greatest toy shop in the entire world!!!!!
Added by Paul Greig on 08 November 2020
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