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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 18th February, 2023)

A 'Proper' Garage

A 'Proper' Garage
This is what I think a garage should look like. I can’t be doing with the hygienic, spotlessly clean, electronic emporiums that you get these days.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Veronica on 18th February 2023 at 08:57

A long time since I went to a garage like this one, in fact the chap who looked after my car didn’t actually have a garage. He was a brilliant mechanic RIP Billy. He rescued me and my little car many a time. Even if I had owned a Rolls Royce I would have taken it to him.

Comment by: PeterP on 18th February 2023 at 09:04

Nothing beats the smell of oil and grease in this type of garage.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 18th February 2023 at 09:07

As has been said on a number of occasions on P-A-D, you can see our house from here! (well...... nearly!) I live just round the corner and pass the garage regularly and I agree with Dennis's words entirely.

Comment by: Arthur on 18th February 2023 at 09:45

I wouldn't like to live next to a garage what with all the hammering noise everyday and Sundays if they work.
Sorry not for me.

Comment by: Alan from Hindley on 18th February 2023 at 09:52

Thing is Dennis, Health and safety won't let workshops get in a filthy state anymore. And, all the new technologies and equipment is necessary with modern vehicles. Some back street garages have gone under, they simply can't afford the cost of all the equipment needed for today's modern motors.

Comment by: smith barry on 18th February 2023 at 09:55

my mate owns this garage best in wigan cheapest tyres in the northwest top guy sponsor of spring view arlfc

Comment by: Sandra on 18th February 2023 at 09:57

If you go to VW Corkhils, you can eat off the floor, a tidy work place.
To me this means a good job done on your car.

Comment by: Aubrey on 18th February 2023 at 10:07

I used to live in Warrington Road, where the bushes are on the right of the photo, in the 1940s and 50s. The garage then was Cottendons. ( Not sure about the spelling)

Comment by: Alan on 18th February 2023 at 10:29

It's all this diagnostic today, the machine finds the fault.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 18th February 2023 at 10:38

Aubrey, did you live in one of the two rows that were known as "The Umbrella Row" and "The Piano Row"?

Comment by: Pw on 18th February 2023 at 11:56

I had relatives who lived on Bickershaw Lane,Bill Whittle,and remember this garage very well when visiting them.

Comment by: Stan on 18th February 2023 at 13:17

Think they need to get some lights in there so as to see what their doing.

Comment by: Bill Eatock on 18th February 2023 at 16:10

I started work there as an apprentice motor mechanic in 1966. It cost me sixpence on the bus from Lower Ince. A shilling a day, and my wage was only £2 a week! Bus was always on time and passengers always very friendly.

Comment by: Marky on 18th February 2023 at 17:39

I can imagine Bangers and Cash will be a liked programme on a site like this . One guy the other day was crying letting his car go , it was really emotional . Yesterday a chap sold a whole collection of motorbikes . The memories those bikes and riders must have held .. Many buyers on B&C , buy cars and bikes from the past , against modern cars , simply due to memory.
I personally find that so uplifting ! World go where you like - I’m going this way !!

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 18th February 2023 at 20:56

We have one, Marky....a 1959 Hillman Minx....no seatbelts! We used to stay in Thornton-le-Dale when attending the Pickering 1940s event and used to pass Matthewson's which is the home of Bangers and Cash.

Comment by: Aubrey on 19th February 2023 at 10:21

Irene, Yes it was the umbrella row. The piano row is a little further along. We moved to Thirlmere Avenue in 1950.

Comment by: Alan on 20th February 2023 at 14:20

Irene, Bangers and Cash in Thornton le dale has been filmed many times in Heartbeat 1960s series. Hillman vehicles were great, part of the Roots Group.

Comment by: Rik Keill on 31st March 2023 at 18:20

We lived not far from there in the late 60s, we moved from Liverpool to Abram. I went to my 1st school round the corner Abram St Johns & got my first kick off a horse round the corner. We had the second hand shop down the road in Platt Bridge in the 70s & that garage still looks exactly as i remember it from being a kid.

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