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DaveR

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« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2017, 09:08:28 AM »
Aerial view of Rhos County Garage in the 1980s:
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« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2017, 10:26:59 AM »
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My Dad worked at Chester Engineering in Princes Drive in the early 1970s. I seem to recall (maybe wrongly) that they were linked with Braids in the West End at one time? Both became part of Lookers maybe?

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Garlick, Burrell & Edwardss (G.B.& E)
Vauxhall in Liverpool, Bootle, Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port & St. Helens
Also Bedford trucks and vans in Regent Road, Bootle
J & S Leaver, Vauxhall, Blackburn
Southport Engineering Compant, Vauxhall, Southport
Chester Engineering Company, Vauxhall, Chester & Colwyn Bay
Braids of Ewloe, Vauxhall
B.E. Motors, peugeot Liverpool & St. Helens
Braids, B.L., Opel, Rolls Royce, Colwyn Bay
Marsdens, coachbuilders specialising in furniture van bodies in Warrington
Budget Rent a Car franchises in liverpool, Bootle, Southport, Blackburn, Birkenhead, Chester, Ewloe & Colwyn Bay.

DaveR

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« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2017, 11:08:10 AM »
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My Dad worked at Chester Engineering in Princes Drive in the early 1970s. I seem to recall (maybe wrongly) that they were linked with Braids in the West End at one time? Both became part of Lookers maybe?

Going by  post in this forum, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login you are right about the Braids/Chester Engineering link.  The poster lists the following as the Braid group:

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Garlick, Burrell & Edwardss (G.B.& E)
Vauxhall in Liverpool, Bootle, Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port & St. Helens
Also Bedford trucks and vans in Regent Road, Bootle
J & S Leaver, Vauxhall, Blackburn
Southport Engineering Compant, Vauxhall, Southport
Chester Engineering Company, Vauxhall, Chester & Colwyn Bay
Braids of Ewloe, Vauxhall
B.E. Motors, peugeot Liverpool & St. Helens
Braids, B.L., Opel, Rolls Royce, Colwyn Bay
Marsdens, coachbuilders specialising in furniture van bodies in Warrington
Budget Rent a Car franchises in liverpool, Bootle, Southport, Blackburn, Birkenhead, Chester, Ewloe & Colwyn Bay.
I had no idea that Braids were such a large company, but I do remember my Dad delivering cars to the Ewloe garage from Colwyn Bay.

One of the Braids later set up Braids Garage in Mochdre, the MOT Testing Station, but he retired long ago, I think.

squigglev2

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« Reply #33 on: September 21, 2017, 11:09:48 AM »
... And according to this wiki page:  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login , Lookers acquired the Braid Group in 1983.


squigglev2

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« Reply #34 on: September 21, 2017, 12:57:47 PM »
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One of the Braids later set up Braids Garage in Mochdre, the MOT Testing Station, but he retired long ago, I think.

The Mochdre MOT station I remember is/was behind the Mountain View pub.  The name John Collinge comes to my mind?

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« Reply #35 on: September 21, 2017, 07:47:50 PM »
The Mochdre MoT station was run by John Collinge who later went to the one in Albert Road (?) behind the old Police Station in Colwyn Bay.  The business was bought by John Braid (son of Albert Braid, one of the founders of Braid's Garage) and he ran it as Braid's Garage until retiring and it was bought by Mike Hamlett who is still there trading as Braid's Garage.

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« Reply #36 on: September 22, 2017, 08:19:13 AM »
A couple more snippets that my friend remembers


  the obvious one was the royal hotel garage facing abbey road as it
was quite a size,it stood roughly where pochin built the big block of
flats.
 another one i think was pearsons garage in central place.
 someone was asking about abearing supplier in colwyn bay, yes it was
on abergele road about 2 doors from rhiw bank ave,they traded as
bearings n.w. i think.back in the 60s they would send a lot of their
stuff on crosville buses just handing it to the conductor as the bus
stop was and still is right outside their door!!
     



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« Reply #37 on: September 22, 2017, 09:04:04 AM »
Just a few comments

Barlows Garage (later Thomas Bros) Queen's Road - now a carpet warehouse
Hall's. Queen's Road - a couple of pumps which swung over the pavement - main garage at the rear now Craig y Don Travel.
Mostyn Garage/White's Engineers, Bodhyfryd Road - later Kwiks and a Market now demolished and flats on site.
Elsinore Garage, Somerset Street - pump was still here until a few years ago.
Meredith's, New Street.  Later split into two - the other was Bilton's -now remodelled and is Home Front.
Vernon's, 5 Mostyn Street - mainly a showroom but may have had a swing pump.

Anyone remember Nev Bannister's small chain all named after family members ?

DaveR

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« Reply #38 on: September 22, 2017, 09:53:34 AM »
I remember photographing this old petrol pump outside the old garage in Charlton Street a few years ago:

gaztrucker

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« Reply #39 on: September 22, 2017, 07:54:19 PM »
hi all its friday night again!! thank you all for your response to my posts as a new member of the forum i really look forward to sharing my memories of times past and to receiving your replies i have many more topics ready and waiting!!!! some well known and some slightly more obscure.!!!!! i will try to jog a few more memories very soon

gaztrucker

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« Reply #40 on: September 12, 2018, 06:13:57 PM »
hi hugo i know i,m about a year late with my reply about petrol stations the green corrugated iron hut with two pumps opposite pat collins "happy hour funpark" was the ambulance station can,t remember if it was front line or st johns if anyone knows please let me know cheers

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« Reply #41 on: September 12, 2018, 06:51:08 PM »
Gaz  - at one time the ambulance service in West Denbighshire was operated by the St John's, so yes you are right on that score.  Colwyn Bay was a bit unusual as for some years in the 50s and 60s it had a voluntary ambulance as well.  Their vehicle was also based in the green shed compound. 

gaztrucker

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« Reply #42 on: September 12, 2018, 06:59:07 PM »
thanks cambrian while im on do you recall the old goods yard in the bay? im going to start a new post on this one soon

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« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2018, 09:08:57 AM »
Remember the goods yard. I should say. Spent hours looking down on all the activity from the square outside the railway station. Alongside long gone public toilets

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« Reply #44 on: September 14, 2018, 10:51:24 AM »
I remember my Dad driving down to the old goods yard when it was in use as a car park in the late 1980s. Seem to recall there was a footpath up to Sea View Road from it?