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Can you remember Tom Collins motor bike shop

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And Geoff Duke's

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tried to remember collins location.hartleys remember and fingsdales was i believe cyvles.the had one shop fingetpodt and one fuke st.they also had a workshop at fingerpost.on  of the named had a shop nesr morrisons boundary road area.Peter st is also in memory poss hartleys.

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Tom Collins had two bike shops, not one. If I remember correctly, the bigger one was on or close to Boundary Road, and the other a couple of streets away. They sold used spares at that one.

Was Dingsdales one the other side of the road, close to the Huntsman pub?

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Dingsdales also had a shop up near the Ram's Head in Haydock. Bill Pope also had a motorbike shop (converted mission hall) on West End road just down from the Huntsman.

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All the above sounds right,I remember when Tom Collins closed down loads of bikers come down to buy spares,

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Tommy Collins must have made a fortune on motor bike spares , every time I rang for a price it was always much dearer when I got to the shop, not only was there VAT to pay there was also TAT to pay, tommy's added tax.

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what was the shop on a corner in brynn st.he sold parts etc etc.He even sold those little sachets of was it windscreen wash that came FREE with motor magazines.was it a collins one?it seemed to be a ragbag of items.Including those plastic bottles of distilled wster to top up your battery.I'm going back some years poss into the late 60s early 70s?

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A C Collins.

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Geoff Dukes came after Ham Burrills

There was also a motor bike shop near where Asda is now  can't remember the name but remember he lived in Oxford St ,I bought a load of spares from him after he shut the shop ,my hobby was restoring old British Bikes so they were like gold to me.he had a one off Italian racing bike that did well at the IOMan which I tried to buy but he wouldn't sell.

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48 minutes ago, vinty said:

There was also a motor bike shop near where Asda is now

ISTR 'Hartleys' ?

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Thanks  Dave l Couldn't remember the name .

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Looking back, NSSO had mentioned it. It was either in Kirkland or Peter Street.

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9 hours ago, john b said:

A C Collins.

One of the first shops to open Sunday,also sold lawn mowers.

 

9 hours ago, john b said:

A C Collins.

 

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2 hours ago, non sibi sed omnibus said:

Not  forgetting Geoff Dukes shop in Greenfield Road!!!!!!

Sibi, see post #2 above.

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mum bought her first cycle from warings in westfield st .near beechams.also had shop in duke st.near middle mill st. 

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NSSO, Old Collins didn't come across as a del boy character, he was more like an old brandy swilling cigar smoking etonian, looking back he looked a bit like Winston Churchill, he also drove a coffee coloured bently.

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If anyone deserves a statue in the town for their achievements then it must be Geoff Duke.

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10 hours ago, Big_Jeff_Leo said:

If anyone deserves a statue in the town for their achievements then it must be Geoff Duke.

I would agree with that.

There was another St Helens rider, Bob Smith. From what I saw of his riding, he would have been up there with Geoff Duke had he not died at Scarborough.

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