I was born in Birkenhead and moved with mum and dad to Northern Ireland when I was about 6. My mum and dad's family lived in Birkenhead, Bebington and Bromborough.
I was at my Nana's in Birkenhead and later Bebington for summer holidays. Once she, my Auntie Barbara, Uncle Eric and cousin Anne moved to Bebington I was able to run down to Eric and Marjorie's shop. It was a tobacconists. I know there were lots of sweets and ice lollies! Not sure if they did papers. They did small toys too. They lived over the shop and there were at least 2 other floors. My Uncle's name was Eric Jones.
I was always given free bits but never too much.
The grocer's next door felt like a cavern. I do remember the 'shades' - what were they called? - being pulled down to keep the sun out. I remember the lovely thatched cottage which to my eyes was a bit mysterious! Then the Wellington and past that there was an art supply shop; I played in Mayer Park but it didn't live up to the fun I had in Victoria Park in Birkenhead!
I can remember running down the hill from the shop and round the corner to Acres Road and on to Higher Bebington Road. So glad I found this picture.
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