A distinctive smell, boutiques, an antique shop, a second hand bookshop, a camera shop, a little café, an art supply shop…where am I? Brighton? Portobello Road? No, Barbers Lane in Luton just a few decades back in time.
The history of Luton's Hat Factory Arts Centre highlights the town's rich heritage as a thriving international hat making centre going back over 150 years.
Built, owned and operated by local born filmmaker Justin Doherty, The Bear Club opened its doors in September 2014, and became quickly one of the top 25 jazz clubs in the world.
The article is part of Mr Hobbs' memories, kept in his diary, which form the subject of future editorials published by Luton News in 1933.