Dan, Wonderful postings, resulting in much nostalgia.
Great to see the old lathes and speciality mills; I was made to machine a solid steel cube to be a sliding fit in a steel box, as an apprentice engineer. I recalled the joy of being able to reassemble my Grandad's pocket watch as a 7 year old lad; in truth, it took me just 30 minutes to strip down- but, ahem, over 10 weeks to reassemble (lessons of a lifetime).
The old adverts reminded me of many events. My Grandma used to sit in front of the coal fire, in her South Park Bungalow on Hawthorne Road, intently watching the formation dancing on her Rediffusion TV during 'Come Dancing'. Her favourite was the Constance Millington formation dancing team, trained locally. Like many, I bought vinyl 45s, when saved pocket money, XMAS or birthday money allowed. Recipients of much cash included the Broadway Stores, opposite the Gaumont cinema on Stanley Road and the Pop Inn, on Stanley Road diagonally opposite Ash Street. I bought my first plastering trowel in 1966 at Parrs store on Stanley Road. It was a good few quid but still continues in use, despite so many years of cleaning. The store also stocked the very local ‘Aunt Sally; liquid soap, bottled in Park Street, near its junction with Stanley Road. The smell of this cleaner was unmistakable - it always reminded me of women proudly scrubbing their steps at the front of houses in Brookhill Road - and the grim stairs of the Cavern, in later years. Not to worry, the music was legendary. Walshy.