The Monkey Walk

The 'Monkey Walk' Route

The ‘Monkey Walk’ was a feature of the younger generation of Coalville from the 1930s to the early 1950s. On Saturdays and Sundays it consisted of a parade of unattached young men and women walking along from the clock on the Co-op buildings on Belvoir Road to the clock on Lashmore’s shop on High Street. Young men would be on one side of the street and young women on the other. They would parade back and forth ‘eyeing up the talent’ as one participent put it. ‘Liaisons’ would occur and often couples would be ejected from shop doorways by the local bobby on his beat. The Wetherspoon’s pub ‘The Monkey Walk’ was so called because the walk started just opposite there on the corner of Marlborough Square.

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