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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 10:13 UK time, Friday, 3 December 2010

On Monday 6 December, BBC Radio Wales will be looking at how high streets around the country are coping with a combination of the credit crunch and fierce competition from rivals and it's a pretty mixed picture.

The programmes are all part of a two-year BBC Campaign, called Hands on History, which has been bringing the history of local high streets to life.

Good Morning Wales, 6am

Business correspondent Nick Servini reports live from Newport which has been badly hit by shop closures. Plans to redevelop John Frost Square in the town centre are on hold because of the recession.

But there is a different picture in Abergavenny , where Susi Crnoch, who is a local businesswoman and President of the Abergavenny Chamber of Trade, gives listeners a guided tour of shops in the market town, including a family run department store which is 100 years old.

Abergavenny. Picture by Neville Hall.

Jamie and Louise, 9am

Presenter Lisa Rogers reports live from Agincourt Square in Monmouth, the town where she and her family shopped when she was growing up.

Lisa will be chatting to traders, including a former Mayor, Phillip Munday, who runs the last independent fruit and veg shop in the town. She'll be reminiscing about the shops she remembers as a child and looking what is on offer now.

Jamie Owen has also been out on the high streets of Llandrindod Wells, Pembroke Dock and Cardiff, to see what's going on there.

You can call the programme and tell people what the state of the high street is in your town.

Good Evening Wales, 5pm

Stephen Fairclough reports from Bridgend , where businesses in the traditional high street are struggling and the high number of empty shops is a cause for concern.

Nick Servini

Business correspondent Nick ServinI presents Wales at Work

Wales At Work, 7pm

Business editor Nick Servini is taking a look at the retail trade. A quick snapshot of four Welsh town high streets, including Wrexham, Fishguard, Aberdare and Newport, and he'll be examining how the future is looking with the impending VAT increase in the New Year.

You can visit the BBC history website to find out hands on activities near you or to find out how you can research the history of your high street.

You can also share your 'now & then' photos of your local high streets.


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