AS the post-Christmas sales get into full swing, we look back at the Southend High Street of years gone by. 

This picture shows the opening day of Keddies January sale in 1988. 

A band plays as crowds of shoppers queue to get into the store and bag themselves a bargain at the beginning of the year. 

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