WATCHING the world go by was clearly a major pastime in the Sixties if this photograph from the Lancashire Telegraph archives is anything to go by.

Taken in 1964, it shows the junction of Scotland Road and Leeds Road in Nelson with the benches on the corner fully occupied as the traffic flows past.

The more you look at the photograph, the more you start to see in the picture.

There is the round pillar box, the direction sign to the station and the various shop fronts - remember the days when every town seemed to have a Freeman Hardy Willis selling shoes?

If you have any photographs of East Lancashire in days gone by, you can email them to or call her on 01254 298223