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ATTERCLIFFE  SHOP  (Sheffield)  1961
(Service Department at Fir Vale, Sheffield)

Shop Manager - Randolph Bamford

Opened by Elsie Tanner & Son Dennis of Coronation Street
(Pat Phoenix & Philip Lowrie)

Comment received from Trevor Milne on 1st January, 2013

Hi, hope you don't mind me contacting you on the topic of pictures you have posted on the net regarding the opening of Isherwood's Attercliffe by Pat Phoenix. I believe the boy in picture 11 getting the autograph from Dennis is my older brother. We lived on Sleaford street at the time. Would it be possible for you to send me a better (higher resolution) copy of the picture by email. We have some photo's of the same event taken by my father, I'd be happy to return the favour if they'd be of any interest to you.

Regards
Trevor Milnen


Comment received from Trevor Milne on 2nd January, 2013

Hi Mel, Long story short - I bought my mum a book for Xmas called 'Sheffield's Dates with Hitler', she got frustrated that a lot of the references to old shops and places in and around Attercliffe Sheffield were incorrect, having lived there all her life until 1970 she was desperate to correct the mistakes. I offered to do some research on the internet and find photo's of shops in Attercliffe, I came across a link to your web page via a posting on the Sheffield Forum, I think that the modern (60's) pair of shops Peter Pell and Isherwood's were built on the site of a WW2 bombed shop. What a bonus to find such high quality photo's of the day Elsie Tanner came to Atttercliffe and my brother grabbing an autograph - don't you just love the internet?
Thanks' once more.


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Picture 01  3 commissionaires, 2 salesmen,
The taller of the two salesmen is Harry Haigh, name of the other one, forgotten.

 

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Picture 02  Crowds blocking Atterclffe Road

 

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Picture 03   Jack Ashworth helping a youth who had fainted.

 

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Picture 04
McMichael rep (name forgotten) and salesman supporting Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) at the shop front.

 

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Picture 05   Official opening, cutting the tape.  Elsie and Dennis

 

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Picture 06     Note the window across the road.
(doubt that Health & Safety at Work Act would allow this today !)

 

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Picture 07
McMichael rep presenting portable McMichael radios to Elsie and Dennis
(Manager Randy Bamford looking on)

 

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Picture 08   Lucky McMichael  rep!

 

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Picture 09     Elsie trying to sell a McMichael radio to Dennis.

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Picture 10   Autograph time, showing a cashier and shop cleaner (names forgotten)

 

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Picture 11   Autograph time, Co Secretary Mr Batson alongside Elsie.
 

 

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Picture 12   Flower presentation by ? (name forgotten)

 

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Picture 13   On the shop roof waving to the crowds

Footnote:
The crowds that gathered blocked the road to Sheffield and to Rotherham,
Coronation Street fans without doubt and an experience not to be forgotten.
A Wombwell Shop was opened by Johnny Steele (ex Manager of Barnsley Football Club)

Comment received from Randolph (Randy) Bamford  03/01/13

What I have not mentioned before, the police at Attercliffe decided to prosecute us for holding up the traffic and causing unnecessary congestion.
The Magistrates after hearing the circumstances and the case as presented by the police they appreciated the local residents enthusiasm in seeing Elsie and Dennis wanted to dismiss the case but decided to avoid upsetting the police by fining us Fifteen Shillings.

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