Southbourne was an in-favour area in the 1970s, attracting people from far and wide with its beaches and charming high street.

The district was a bustling part of Bournemouth and a popular destination for families and tourists, known for its beautiful beach, unique shopping and traditional charm.

The sandy shore was a major draw, attracting swimmers, sunbathers, paddlers and sandcastle builders – and that certainly has not changed in the years since.

The beach was also a popular spot for deckchair hire and donkey rides.

Bournemouth Echo: Southbourne Road circa 1975 - Natwest bank is still there with Reads and Allens the Covent garden Fruit Market, Wilkins the Bakers and Kandies have been replaced by a Costa, a Tenovus charity shop, Taylor Made and Hays Travel. Photo: Grahame Austin Co

But, as these pictures prove, Southbourne Grove and Southbourne Road were lined with independent shops in the 1970s, selling everything from souvenirs and beach goods to groceries and clothing.

They included Reads, Kandies, Wilkins, Helen Fashions, Allens fruit market, Nolan’s House Furnishers, Bebbington clothes shop and more.

Bournemouth Echo: Carbery Row on Southbourne Road, Southbourne, circa 1973 Photo: Grahame Austin Collection

There were also several cafes and restaurants, including Concord and Peppermill.
It was a time before large-scale chain stores dominated and the area had a strong sense of community. 

Even to this day, Southbourne has plenty of charm and many of its residents feel a strong sense of local pride.

Bournemouth Echo: Six pictures of Southbourne shops from the 1970sThe junction of Grand Ave and Southbourne Grove circa 1975 Photo: Grahame Austin Collection

These pictures show many of the shops that lined the streets in the 1970s.