Many thanks to Liz Cronin for finding a topical and rare image for this week’s Friday Photo.
There’s a drama on the telly at the moment about the early years of Cilla Black (not watched it myself). Cilla was managed by Beatles impresario Brian Epstein, who is captured in the photo above at the grand opening of Clarendon Furnishing at The Quadrant, Hoylake. This blog (the image source) describes the photo:
Hoylake, April 16, 1955 the grand opening of Clarendon Furnishing, Brian Epstein installed as manager by his mother Queenie (to his right) and father Harry (left). In front is BBC presenter Muriel Levy, who performed at the opening.
You’ll remember the store in more recent years as Kingsley Galleries auction rooms and currently as offices for Willson Grange. You can make out the curved wall of the Stanley Hotel over the road. I’m sure I’ve previously published a photo of The Stanley Hotel, but it’s been a very long day and I can’t find the one I’m after, so this old Hoylake Hotels advert will have to suffice.
Recognise any locals?