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Standishgate 1972   Comments: 13
Photo: John Gaskell   Item #: 30795  
Standishgate 1972

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  Junction of Standishgate, Millgate and Marketplace in 1972. The car in foreground could be a Hillman  

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Comments by Veronica, 16th October 2018  
All th'owd chaps in their flat caps used to lean on the bars outside Woolies. It must have been a meeting place for them.

Comments by Helen of Troy, 17th October 2018  
Same with this photo. Saturday mornings in Woolies, looking at all the stuff in the boxed counters.

Comments by Tony, 17th October 2018  
I think all th'owd chaps had their names put down at birth for a place on Woolie's corner, a bit like applying for membership of the MCC.
A lot of them were turned out of the house after breakfast by their wives or families, and told to stay out and from under the feet, and only return for meals, until the evening.

Comments by Ed, 17th October 2018  
Im sure the young lady in the foreground will recognize herself,she certainly walked in front of the camera.

Comments by Veronica, 17th October 2018  
That sounds like Blackpool landladies Tony! ;o))

Comments by Jarvo, 17th October 2018  
The old gentlemen are waiting for the alehouses to open, of course...

Comments by DerekB, 17th October 2018  
The car in the foreground is an Hillman Imp, the red vehicle looks like a Ford Escort van and the one turning into Standishgate from Station Rd. looks to be a Vauxhall Firenza (The coupe version of the Viva)

Comments by WN1 Standisher, 18th October 2018  
The car in front of the Firenza looks like a Hillman Avenger with a Ford Anglia in front of that. Could be Morris 1100 parked up to the left at the bottom. I see the work had already started at the bottom of Standishgate with demolition completed

Comments by jack, 18th October 2018  
DerekB. The car in front of the Vauxhall looks like a Hillman Avenger.

Comments by baker, 19th October 2018  
its an imp jack,a friend used to have one,more parked than driven.
what really amazes me is seeing the town centre busy.

Comments by Ray, 19th October 2018  
The car in front of the Vauxhall is a Hillman Avenger, The
car in the foreground, and to the left of the Vauxhall is
a Hillman Imp.

Comments by derek evans, 9th November 2018  d.evans09@btinternet.com 
Hillman Imp the worst car in the history of cars. My next door neighbour had one and the head gasket blew and I did it for him, What a cow of a job without taking the engine out. When it was done we road tested it going down Lilly lane towards Platt Bridge before the canal bridge was altered I went over the bridge the car took off and landed at the other side of the road. Most owners put a sack of spuds in the boot at the front to hold them down.

Comments by Mr X, 9th November 2018  
The basic Hillman Imp with rear engine like this one was probably no better or worse than a front engined Mini of the same age, but remember that there were more upmarket models of the Imp, being the Singer Chamois and Sunbeam Stiletto coupe. Also there was a Commer Cob van, and Hillman Husky estate in the 1960s.

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