A bit of a cheat this week as I’m using an old postcard (circa 1930’s) that regular reader and contributor Peter Wilson kindly sent to me. Peter says:
The last house you can in the picture in Stanley Rd is now demolished and replaced by a flats development. I think it’s called Hilbre View or something, next door to Invergarry Court anyway, and the last flats development before Red Rocks. I think the 3 orange roofed houses with a wall in front are probably the 3 houses on the right hand side of Beach Road between Barton Road and the beach.
Of course today there are no sandhills on Hoylake beach and no boats are moored on that part of the sand. In fact, you’ll only see boats moored a mile down the beach at Meols. Isn’t it great to able to see how our local coast has changed over several decades?
Oh, a question for you from another reader who worked in Dodds shoe repair shop in Market Street many years ago. Brian wants to know the name of the owner of the long-gone bike shop that used to be in that building by Holy Trinity School (and where there’s currently a used car sales business behind the building). He seems to remember that the chap who owned the bike shop also owned a local undertakers?
As a youngster in the late 70’s I used to visit the bike shop myself on my much-used, blue Raleigh Arena with my mates. I was chatting to one of them only the other night but we couldn’t remember what the bike shop was called. I’m sure one or two of you will know!
[UPDATE]: See, I knew you would know! The old bike shop was called Sammy Cattells