Harry Rutherford's Festival of Britain Mural
I remember the shop very well and could never understand why it closed. In the early 50s when I started Holy Trinity School there were twin sisters in my class who lived there - Christine and Mary Blackwell. They didn't stay long though as the family moved from the area. Does anyone know when the shop closed?
I remember walking up Joel Lane to the shop in the 1950's.A crowd of us young people would go after afternoon Sunday School at Stockport Road Methodists and sit in the little side room after buying cold drinks.A great place to weigh up the boys you fancied!Happy Days
I used to live at 236, Higham Lane which was two doors down from the shop. When I first remember it was the Tunstall family and then taken over (I think) for a short time by someone else. I'm guessing it closed as a shop by the end of the 1960s but don't know exactly when. Incidentally, for a time when it returned to a house Mark Taylor and his family lived there. He was a performer/magician/pickpocket who went under the stage name of Mark Raffles. He didn't use pigeons in his act but baby chickens instead - he would load up his car with them in old large bread trays. I met him, quite by chance, over 30 years later at Bispham Tip, Blackpool and we had a good chat. His wife and he both had fleeting appearances in the film 'Funny Bones'.
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