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Shop untouched since 1960s

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An old-fashioned Lancashire corner shop and ice cream parlour has been discovered untouched for 40 years.

Council officers went to the boarded-up premises on Burnley Road, Accrington, after fears about its safety.

But when they got inside they discovered original cigarette adverts, magazines, ice cream spoons and sweet jars as they were left when owners moved out an estimated 40 years ago.

A council spokesman said: "It was like walking back in time - a treasure trove. It should be kept as a living museum.

"The old white-tiled ice cream area is near perfect but there are problems with safety at the rear of the property."

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