Or Slutton, as it's also lovingly known…
1. On a Saturday afternoon, you knew your mum was treating you to a McDonald’s when she said, ‘Oh, I just need to pop down to Our Price…’ Which just so happened to be the shop closest to your next Happy Meal.
2. A girl under 18? Yep, there was no way the angry female bouncer at The Moon On The Hill was letting you in. Even if your male mates, who were clearly 17, were already propping up the bar with a Smirnoff Ice or two.
3. Teeny bopper night at Legends, now known as Wonderland, was, well, legendary – if you were under 16 and had to be home by 10.30. How did we manage to dance like loons without a drop of wine in our blood?
4. It wasn’t unusual to see Jesus feeding the pigeons in Manor Park. Not actual Jesus, obviously. Although he probably thought he was.
5. The Wizard Man Of Sutton is the local celebrity. With a black cat on one shoulder, a cane in his right hand and a dog hanging off a lead in the other, he’s never hard to spot. And who can forget his amazing purple cape? This man makes Sutton.
6. Needed some new clobber? Before we had Primark, we had C&A – no matter what age or sex you were, you could get your wardrobe kitted out for under £50. Bargain.
7. For those with a sweet tooth, Woolworths was the place to be. And who didn’t sneak a cheeky sweet from the pick ‘n’ mix into a pocket?
8. Would you believe that the UCI cinema was once new – with helpful ushers, comfy seats and posh toilets? The Empire Cinema that it’s become is not half the movie house that it used to be. And who can forget the original cinema of Sutton – The Granada – which is now Wonderland?
9. The music of the blind man’s accordion was a regular sound outside WHSmith on a Saturday afternoon. Goodness knows how much money he made though, as he made it up as he went along. Yes, really.
10. A big night out in Sutton usually involved Zoots and dancing upstairs in The Litten Tree. And it wasn’t complete without some dirty food from the pizza shop opposite the police station.
11. Beep, beep, here comes the Atlantis Bus! But only if you’d warmed up with pink wine at the Ice-O-Bar first, and bought your tickets at the Rat & Parrot. And if you had too many Barcardi Breezers in your belly, chances are, you were going to fall down the stairs on the bus!
12. Only hard-core Sutton lovers frequented Sliders, which was tucked away up an alleyway opposite Zoots. A tiny club full of mirrors and ‘sexy’ dancers – a seedy corner with cheap beer.
13. Remember the place to be on a Friday night with your paper round money? Superbowl. But not for bowling. Oh no, all the cool kids were upstairs playing pool and drinking flat Coke.
14. The Gravel Pit. Yes, it sounds like an underground club, but it was actually somewhere to park your souped-up Nova for free. Well, until they decided to build a gigantic police station on it…
15. Melville Cabs was where to go once you’d had too much Hooch on a Friday night. The lady with the clipboard was in charge and you were guaranteed a 45-minute wait for your lift home – the perfect time to make new friends in the queue.