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    Yes, I DO have a good memory. Seriously, I can remember being in my pram. Scares the Bejesus out of my family. I loved Blacklers too, Steve and still pine for the basement, where you could buy anything. My Mum had 9 kids so we only window shopped in Hendersons then off to Frosts on County Road or Sturlas for the rest of the stuff!!! I used to like Owen Owens too; less posh than Hendersons and Bon Marche but still up there. I LOVE TJs then and now. Great shop. Lots of junk but diamonds amongst the dross.

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    Hi Partsky,how are things with you? Yeh,I remember Blacklers basement well,(but being dragged round by my arm!) and Frost's on Walton rd, which I'd forgotten! Were you ever priviledged to go to the self-service cafe in Lewis's,going past the"Red Rose" restaurant, which was for rich people,we were told!!!! Anyway,bet you never thought you'ld end up in lovely Maghull!(see thread on same)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partsky View Post
    Yes, I DO have a good memory. Seriously, I can remember being in my pram. Scares the Bejesus out of my family. I loved Blacklers too, Steve and still pine for the basement, where you could buy anything. My Mum had 9 kids so we only window shopped in Hendersons then off to Frosts on County Road or Sturlas for the rest of the stuff!!! I used to like Owen Owens too; less posh than Hendersons and Bon Marche but still up there. I LOVE TJs then and now. Great shop. Lots of junk but diamonds amongst the dross.
    I loved Blacklers. The Grotto was the best. Owen owens was a nice shop. A little like Marks & Sparks of today.
    Good one Partsky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partsky View Post
    Yes, I DO have a good memory. Seriously, I can remember being in my pram. Scares the Bejesus out of my family. I loved Blacklers too, Steve and still pine for the basement, where you could buy anything. My Mum had 9 kids so we only window shopped in Hendersons then off to Frosts on County Road or Sturlas for the rest of the stuff!!! I used to like Owen Owens too; less posh than Hendersons and Bon Marche but still up there. I LOVE TJs then and now. Great shop. Lots of junk but diamonds amongst the dross.
    My memory is going terrible now, yet one of my earliest memories is of sitting in the pram outside the local fruitshop. I was looking at bags of sprouts hanging up in net bags ! ! I was reaching up trying to touch them.

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    I know, I always found being 7 and in a pram highly embarrassing. How about you Lindy?
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    I vaguely remember it, as I was only a child myself, but my best friends uncle died in the fire. Very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindac8941 View Post
    I vaguely remember it, as I was only a child myself, but my best friends uncle died in the fire. Very sad.
    Amazing they didn't evacuate the store,maybe some would have survived!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindac8941 View Post
    I vaguely remember it, as I was only a child myself, but my best friends uncle died in the fire. Very sad.
    Sad indeed. Maybe if sprinklers had been fitted (am sure they were invented by then) many more lives needn't have been lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Hi Partsky,how are things with you? Yeh,I remember Blacklers basement well,(but being dragged round by my arm!) and Frost's on Walton rd, which I'd forgotten! Were you ever priviledged to go to the self-service cafe in Lewis's,going past the"Red Rose" restaurant, which was for rich people,we were told!!!! Anyway,bet you never thought you'ld end up in lovely Maghull!(see thread on same)
    No Steve, my Mum was more easily intimidated in posh shops and we could only get her into TJs Cafe. We and my mate used to go to the Owen Owens cafe for chocolate cake and tomato and sausage and I STILL felt out of place. Never felt comfortable in Lees restuarant until I was 40. Yeah, I never thought I would end up living out the of the City by Maghull (we are in nearby Lydiate) but wouldnt it be great to wander around Sturlas, Frosts, Blacklers, Owen Owens, and Lees again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partsky View Post
    No Steve, my Mum was more easily intimidated in posh shops and we could only get her into TJs Cafe. We and my mate used to go to the Owen Owens cafe for chocolate cake and tomato and sausage and I STILL felt out of place. Never felt comfortable in Lees restuarant until I was 40. Yeah, I never thought I would end up living out the of the City by Maghull (we are in nearby Lydiate) but wouldnt it be great to wander around Sturlas, Frosts, Blacklers, Owen Owens, and Lees again?
    I was well into my 20s/30's before I even went into M&S,and ended up with a pile of fresh food, that I had to eat,before it went off! (no fridge!) As for Lee's....."never knowingly undersold" had me flummoxed for years, I thought it was some sort of Zen mantra!! Sturla's I only know from the cheques, but I did go to Henderson's a few times,though I've no idea why,probably just to gawp! It's sad (in a way) that so many of these have gone! Does anyone remember Gimbles, an American company,who moved into the temporary premises of St.Johns precinct,in Charlotte st?

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    Yes I remember Gimbles very well.


    George Henry Lees - I never liked that shop. It's like a blinkin' maze and I could never find what I wanted in there or find my way out of it !! I don't think I've ever bought one thing from Lees - - - erm, hang on - think I might have bought some buttons from haberdashery ! but that's all.


    I don't buy much from Marks and don't to go in there a lot. Once in a blue moon I look in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Yes I remember Gimbles very well.


    George Henry Lees - I never liked that shop. It's like a blinkin' maze and I could never find what I wanted in there or find my way out of it !! I don't think I've ever bought one thing from Lees - - - erm, hang on - think I might have bought some buttons from haberdashery ! but that's all.


    I don't buy much from Marks and don't to go in there a lot. Once in a blue moon I look in there.
    I love Marks food, but it's a bit pricey and portions are too small. Very nice though. Usually cook better meself though...

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    I like Marxies food. I used to like GHL for the cafe. Decent cuppa and a nice bun.

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    [QUOTE=lindylou;240772]Yes I remember Gimbles very well.


    George Henry Lees - I never liked that shop. It's like a blinkin' maze and I could never find what I wanted in there or find my way out of it !! I don't think I've ever bought one thing from Lees - - - erm, hang on - think I might have bought some buttons from haberdashery ! but that's all.


    That's probably because it was 2 shops,"G.H.Lee",at the back,and "Bon Marche"(on Church st)joined up! You used to leave one,to go into the other,before they joined them up,which wasn't till the 80's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    Yes I remember Gimbles very well.


    George Henry Lees - I never liked that shop. It's like a blinkin' maze and I could never find what I wanted in there or find my way out of it !! I don't think I've ever bought one thing from Lees - - - erm, hang on - think I might have bought some buttons from haberdashery ! but that's all.

    I don't buy much from Marks and don't to go in there a lot. Once in a blue moon I look in there.
    I loved the smell in GHL's...it had a certain aroma about it.

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    As you walked down Church Street, towards Paradise Street, Hendersons was on the right hand side, between Paradise Street and the alley way called Williamson Street.

    I started work there in 1974/5 when I was about 18 years old. Some of the staff who I worked with had been there when the fire happened. It was quite eerie listening to them describe it, and then a few minutes later I would go back in to the building, up to one of the upper floors and carry on working with those visions in my mind.

    Hendersons was always catering for the top end of the market in those days, even when I was there, and for the first year or so, of my time there, we even had a doorman who would open the car doors for customers and then usher them into the ground floor of the store and then usher them out, hold their car doors open and say goodbye when they left.

    It was owned by the House of Fraser and was later renamed Binns.

    I loved working there :-)

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    I remember that smell in Coopers, as an apprentice in the mid-sixties the foreman used to send me there once a week for some rum barbas (not sure of the correct spelling). I remember the day I had to go back without, and tell him they'd stopped doing them. He was not happy. There were no Turkish kebab places then so I don't think anywhere else did them, I'd never heard of them before that anyway.

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    When I knew I was going to leave Liverpool but had no date, I quit my job to give them time to replace me (manager/buyer of a department at shop in Bold St.) I have to remember how young I was when I see 21 year old fashion buyers now and say 'they are bloody KIDS'!!


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    Anyway, I left my job and went to work the last few months at George Henry Lee. Loved it, bought clothes, make up accessories. I remember buying a purple mohair poncho with matching floppy hat, so cool with a mini and long boots! The make up girls did my make up when I was going anywhere special. They wanted to as they said they could use me as a model for their work to show other customers!!

    My only sadness was that I walked through coats and hats that my Grandmother would have loved and I then was in a position to buy them for her. She died when I was 14 and I kept looking at coats thinking 'I would buy her that one' I missed her so much.
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