Mike Leonard, the reader who supplied the wonderful images of The Railway Tavern and Wheatsheaf last week has done it again – this tie with two super photos. One is of the Station Hotel, just prior to demolition in the mid 1980s, and another of the former Plumbers Paradise building, also demolished for the new road system that formed the Miner Island.
The images compliment the ones from Brownhills George, and are higher resolution. From the above, we can see that AH Taxis had a base next door to the abandoned pub, and Meehan’s Shoe Repairs had closed. The Sport & Leisure Shop – one I’d totally forgotten about – was still trading. I know CK Electronics was the red shop on the end of the row, but what was inbetween – can anyone remember? There today would be the block containing Specsavers, Brownhills Dental Practice and Wilkinson, and in the foreground, Aldi.
In the bottom picture, the upper corner of the physically hideous but well-loved Sportsman pub can be seen, the front of the car park marked with the white posts.
I’m trying to work out what the Misubishi advert was advertising, but can’t see. Seems to be some kind of cassette duplication system.
[Added later] OK, curiosity got the better of me. It’s a Mitsubishi Hi-Fi with a 7 cassette auto-changer. No shit. It’s the DA-L70 or a variant thereof, and I found a video of it on Youtube:
All I can say to that is ‘Wow!’ really…
Thanks to Mike for the pictures, they really are wonderful. Contributions like this really do bring our history to life.