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    I've seen requests galore over the years on this and other forums for a photograph of Hobbies toy shop in Basnett Street, a place I frequented quite often. There's a n ew book out today, the 2nd in a series covering the decades, and being one not to let the grass grow when it comes to adding to my library here it is.

    With everything from Subbuteo to Jigsaws, air pistols, board games, plastic animals and soldiers, matchbox, dinky and corgi cars, Meccano and Hornby sets and airfix models. I still have boxes full of the stuff.






    Let's get a thread going covering this important area in our lickle development. There were floors dedicated to toys in the liks of Lewis's and Blacklers and does anyone remember Tumbles by the bubble bus stops, the games shop at the bottom of Manchester Street, city models in Elliot street and King Kong in Bold Street.


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    Fantastic thread Ged

    Can we post existing toy shops too?
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    aww I lovely photo Ged! I can just imagine how many thousands of little noses that have been pressed up against that glass for all those years!

    Sometimes for a treat when we went to town my mum would buy me a Britain's farm animal from Lewis's , in fact I've just looked and see they still make all the little people and animals and they still look exactly the same! http://www.toyandmodel.com/farmanimal.html, and my brothers always had a Matchbox car .

    We used to have a toy shop called The Toy Centre on Allerton Road years ago too.

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    Thanks Kev and Mollie. As a subject that's touched us all, i'm sure there'll be many happy memories shared. There was a thread on here somewhere mentioning some of these shops but I couldn't find it.

    There was a little kiosk in Exchange Station too where I remember getting a pack of little workmen with drill, pick axe, spade etc - I'd be about 19 .
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    I think but I am not A1 positive that there was a Toy shop at Penny Lane . I remember one grotto that you saw the toys displayed and they had numbers,bit like Argos. You selected your toy and Daddy Crimbo gave it to you when you went in.
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