Of all the shops that no longer trade on High Wycombe's High Street, Woolworths must be one of those missed most by shoppers.

The popular retailer which stood at the site of the famous Red Lion Hotel, attracted crowds of customers before the company collapsed into administration in 2008.

It was quite a prestigious location for Woolworths, affectionately known as Woolies and famous for its pick ‘n’ mix sweets, children’s clothes, homewares, CDs and DVDs.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli gave his first political speech from the portico above the store in 1833, and Winston Churchill also spoke from the same spot as he sought re-election following World War Two in 1945.

It's closure, in early January 2009, came at a difficult time for the town's High Street.

Reeling from the 2008 credit crunch, many stores were shutting and the shopping street had the newly-built Eden Shopping Centre to contend with.

Fans of the store, along with the media, watched on as staff left after their final shift and the store manager locked up for the last time on January 6, 2009.

Staff worked for three days to clear all the leftover fixtures and fittings, even selling staff lockers to bargain hunters for £30 each as part of a huge liquidation sale.

Eighty people were left jobless by the shop's closure.

The Woolworths UK trademark was bought in 2009 and later merged with online brand Very.co.uk.

Very announced the move on its website, promising that customers of the defunct Woolworths site would be able to find many of the same products on its own site.

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