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Old 23-06-15, 11:33   #61
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Continuing by journey up Bacup rd or should it be memory lane. After the selling owt shop we came to the police station. Around St James once a week was a PDSA vehicle. The chippy came next in the same row as Savilles. Sometimes my grandma took the rd that ran behind Savilles so I could watch the machines making bread, fascinating for a small child. Was there a Coop next to Savilles or is that me having a CRAFT moment? One of my favourite stops was the newsagent, now an estate agent for my daily comic. Can still remember the days which comic came out. Monday was Lion,Tuesday Dandy,Wednesday The Eagle (what brilliant artwork for Dan Dare) Thurs was Knockout and Friday Topper. The Beezer and Tiger came out later. Every Christmas the window was full of the yearly annuals, which were a must have. Before I could read my grandma used to read the comics to me when we got home.
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After Freda's was a pub but was converted into a house in the mid 50's.


This was the Commercial Inn at Warth Bridge, Bacup Road. Clifford Birt was the last landlord from 1959 to 1960.
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After the selling owt shop we came to the police station.


The former Police Station on the corner of Bacup Road and Stansfield Road.
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I remember the Birts too well. They moved from a street we both lived in Crawshawbooth. One of their sons was Alistair we were always at war in Crawshawbooth and it continued when they moved to Warth Bridge. A tall skinny Oik that if he stood sideways and stuck his looked like a zip.
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I should attach pics, I would post the page with all the dates on the book and the date that I should have returned it!

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Well was there a Coop next to Savilles then? Next to newsagent was Holts butchers. Can only recall a couple of shops further on. Barbers Basi Galoopo and the last shop in the row a newsagent. Opposite these shops was another butcher masquerading as a dentist. Think his name was Holt.
Tricketts arcade those days was busy place, no empty shops. Seem to remember the last shop was a grocers. Also a chippy and a hardware shop. At the top was a green grocers, the owner had two enormous Airdales, well they seemed that way to me at that time. Then came my favourite shop. The left had window was a treasure trove of toys, Triang trains seem to feature highly. think he must have being an agent as there was never any Hornby. Can still see the Dan Dare ray guns. cowboy type guns. Green Ghost roller skates, soldiers, forts and all the must have toys boys played with in the 50's. the right window was glassware and sports gear. Dunlop gear, cricket balls, cricket bats etc. The man who owned it always wore a brown smock.
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The gift shop was a place to draw young boys just to look in the window my self and friends would walk down from Scoubottom just to look in the window, they had a train layout down in the basement so that you could see what you could buy.
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Didnt know that, he often had a layout in the window with trains whizzing round. I must deposited more snot on that window than anywhere else. Every inch of the place was taken up by toys and accessories. Got my first football shirt from there. Also bought what now would be a lethal weapon. It was a metal bow with a wire bow line and he sold metal tipped arrows, hitting anything with them would have caused death or very serious injury. It was extremely powerful and deadly. But we were from a generation that had something lacking today, common sense. But looking back on it very dangerous far more than any air pistol or rifle
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