Radio and Electrical Engineer

John Lyons contacted us to request some local information, but he also mentioned a receipt he has for a radio bought in the early 1950s from a shop in the High Street called H.G. Collin.

Below is a copy of the receipt. John feels that the radio was quite expensive for that time, and explains that his father bought it at Collin’s shop for his mother’s aunt, who lived in Studland Avenue.

John continued to describe his aunt’s circumstances. “In the 50s her bungalow didn’t even have running water, and used cesspit drainage. As a child I remember the lighting was by gas until electricity was installed,  and the radio purchased! My aunt never had a TV so this was her main source of entertainment – amazing when you think of all the gadgets and technology we have these days!”
“I had the cabinet refurbished and French polished a few years ago so it looks pretty much as it would have done when new.
The GEC radio remains in good condition and still working after all these years!”
We believe that ‘Collin’ became ‘Stanwood’, another electrical shop, although it is now a Costa coffee shop. Other residents from those early years might be able to able to throw some light on the businesses which were in those premises.
John Lyons

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