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darrenrolf

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #139 on: September 30, 2013, 00:09:00 »
Hi all, new member here. I've been reading this thread with great interest and the photos are great and bring back many memories.
My family have a bit of a connection with the Pentagon. I worked in the (very bad) Silver Scissors hairdressers upstairs for a year (93/94), next to the bag shop, and the bakery. I know it shut down years ago, not sure what's there now as I live in Yorkshire now!

My mum maybe the longest serving worker in the whole of the Pentagon now. She works in Boots as a Dispensing chemist. She went to  work, straight from school, at the old Boots store in Military Road, before the Pentagon was built and was transferred there once it was built. A couple of years ago she was awarded something (can`t remember what) from the Boots company for long service. She's due to retire in a year or so and I must say, she's looking forward to it!!
My sister also got a job with Boots in the warehouse.
On another note, I remember those animal sculptures dotted around the place. The snake one in particular as I have a vague memory of being told that my uncle was late for something and was running through the centre and decided to jump over snake, which he failed to do and tripped causing him to break his wrist! (that'll teach him for threw the place!)
Another couple of memories that's jumped into my head was when one of the Stars Wars films was released, Darth Vader came to visit D & A toys!!! Anyone remember that? I used to get all my Star Wars figures from D & A's.
And the other one was the old Ourprice near the High Street entry/exit. I think it was when it was closing and they were selling loads of stuff off. I got loads of (minus their cases) Heavy Metal cassettes, (it was what I was into at the time, lol)


Just to add something else, from a vague memory. Does anyone remember the travel agents upstairs in W H Smiths? I seem to remember there was some doors there that, from what I remember, on the opposite wall was a massive picture of a seventies looking girl, complete with 70's hair do. Was this something to do with a roller disco up there or something?????

darrenrolf

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #138 on: September 28, 2013, 09:40:08 »
Hi all, new member here. I've been reading this thread with great interest and the photos are great and bring back many memories.
My family have a bit of a connection with the Pentagon. I worked in the (very bad) Silver Scissors hairdressers upstairs for a year (93/94), next to the bag shop, and the bakery. I know it shut down years ago, not sure what's there now as I live in Yorkshire now!

My mum maybe the longest serving worker in the whole of the Pentagon now. She works in Boots as a Dispensing chemist. She went to  work, straight from school, at the old Boots store in Military Road, before the Pentagon was built and was transferred there once it was built. A couple of years ago she was awarded something (can`t remember what) from the Boots company for long service. She's due to retire in a year or so and I must say, she's looking forward to it!!
My sister also got a job with Boots in the warehouse.
On another note, I remember those animal sculptures dotted around the place. The snake one in particular as I have a vague memory of being told that my uncle was late for something and was running through the centre and decided to jump over snake, which he failed to do and tripped causing him to break his wrist! (that'll teach him for threw the place!)
Another couple of memories that's jumped into my head was when one of the Stars Wars films was released, Darth Vader came to visit D & A toys!!! Anyone remember that? I used to get all my Star Wars figures from D & A's.
And the other one was the old Ourprice near the High Street entry/exit. I think it was when it was closing and they were selling loads of stuff off. I got loads of (minus their cases) Heavy Metal cassettes, (it was what I was into at the time, lol)

Stevo

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #137 on: September 22, 2013, 09:46:19 »
I remember D & A Toys on the first floor in the Pentagon Shopping Centre. They had a wide range of toys. C & A was great, and Mister Byrite was an interesting shop. When there was first floor access in W. H. Smith, it was brilliant to browse through the book selection they had there. Chatham has changed so much, that the cultural essence that made it what it was has gone. The Pentagon Shopping Centre became a cultural icon for the Medway Towns. Alongside the Canon ABC Cinema that once existed on Chatham High Street and Upbury Way, near to Luton Arches and shops like the newsagent near to the cinema with the Toby Mugs in it, John Menzies, Woolworths and BHS, Chatham once had more of an individual and unique identity.

kentmedd

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #136 on: May 21, 2012, 09:05:23 »
Re old pentagon logo/signs.  I did once see one ( although it was around 7-8 years ago) in the doors linking car park to the centre.  Not sure which ones though.  Possibly no longer there.

silkenrobe

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #135 on: May 19, 2012, 15:19:26 »
Wow - well spotted adam1330. I'd never noticed that before!

I've not been out there in ages, but is there a chance that any of the old logos are still in place in the bus station? I was thinking near the toilets or the old lift. Simply left there forgotten.

The amount of times I must have walked around that bus station I'm certain there are no old Pentagon signs left

kentmedd

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #134 on: May 18, 2012, 09:20:06 »
What a wonderful thread.  My first real memories in life were of the Pentagon centre in 1980.  This thread has really taken me back.  In particular it is nice to see the photos from before the refit as it reminded me of the wooden animals which I loved, and the really cool red, blue and white boxed lights that protruded in various places from the ceiling, awesome.  Would love to see a photo of the front of the centre as I remember it being really tall with the old cool brown and orange pentagon logo.  I remember always waving at the cameras in the entrance part outside WHSmith.

It's a shame that the integrated bus station and is now closed wasn't maintain as I thought that it was wonderful.

Thanks to all for reigniting a wonderful set of memories

drunkenbaker

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #133 on: May 07, 2012, 13:27:04 »
Wow - well spotted adam1330. I'd never noticed that before!

I've not been out there in ages, but is there a chance that any of the old logos are still in place in the bus station? I was thinking near the toilets or the old lift. Simply left there forgotten.

davidt

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #132 on: April 26, 2012, 16:46:15 »
Wow - well spotted adam1330. I'd never noticed that before!

silkenrobe

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #131 on: April 26, 2012, 06:51:24 »
You are right about the logo Spekes Bottom. It was a bright orange pentagon. Don't think I've got a picture anywhere and if I have it cerainly wouldn't be in colour.
This is bringing back loads of memories for me!

I remember the bright orange Pentagon as well.
And am more familiar with the flower garden in the centre as above than the fishes.
The flower beds with the pea like shingle in them were a pest.  They used to get onto the floor and it would become quite dangerous at times.

adam1330

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #130 on: April 25, 2012, 19:27:21 »
You are right about the logo Spekes Bottom. It was a bright orange pentagon. Don't think I've got a picture anywhere and if I have it cerainly wouldn't be in colour.

Yes you have (sort of):



You can see it above the stairs.

This is bringing back loads of memories for me!

davidt

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #129 on: April 25, 2012, 13:45:19 »
You are right about the logo Spekes Bottom. It was a bright orange pentagon. Don't think I've got a picture anywhere and if I have it cerainly wouldn't be in colour.

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #128 on: April 24, 2012, 14:41:06 »
Does anyone remember the old logo for the centre? Wasn't it an orange Pentagon or did I dream it, and has anyone got a picture?

drunkenbaker

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #127 on: April 13, 2012, 18:55:23 »
Upstairs in front of what is now the Wilkinson store once C & A's was a carousel of small counter shops
I worked in the costume jewellery one for a while and also had my ears pierced there.

I can remember one of them being a badge shop. It was always a right scrum trying to get to the front so I could look at all the Madness and 2Tone bands' badges. That shop specialised in shaped plastic badges, some of which I still have. I'm fairly sure they sold patches too. I would have spent far too much pocket money on that stall between 1980 and 1982.

Would I be right in thinking there were 5 stalls in total? I hope so as nearly everything in there was themed around 5 sides.

silkenrobe

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #126 on: April 10, 2012, 10:19:36 »
I found the other picture!


OMG, I remember these now!
Reading about the 'snail and snake' I couldn't place them at all in my memory, but with pics I can. 
Don't remember going inside at all though.

Starboyx23

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Re: Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham
« Reply #125 on: April 09, 2012, 22:57:40 »
That photo of the Fountain has made my day..... what a flashback..... and I agree.... it looks way smaller than I remember it.....

 

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