Bill Nelson wrote:
There are lots of nostalgic memories from others too and the history of the area is very interesting. (Peter O'Toole was brought up there and Keith Waterhouse wrote about his life there too.) Do click on the link and have a look. It's a nice compliment to the section of my autobiography that deals with that particular time and place.
Fantastic stuff..........it's all there in the music of course
Although depressing to see it boarded up like that, what an excellent find.
Truly a magical land was R. Broughton & Son, on Waterloo Road, Hunslet.
Walter Nelson was rather like Father Christmas of Exceptionally Cool Items!!!
Without question Dinky Toys, Hornby Trains, Meccano and Tri-Ang were [and still are] works of art!
The fact that R. Broughton and Son was both an electrical and
cycle shop brings to mind the magic of radio, television and two-wheel transportation and how those all seem to flow to the intriguing garden shed, at No 28 Coniston Crescent, Wakefield, converted to a radio room by Walter and then to a club house by Bill and gang.
I also like how visible the name of "R. Broughton & Son" is on the perfectly preserved pencil.
Every Friday night must have also been magical time to look forward to as a young boy with its selection of weekly comics, Dandy, Beano, Beezer,Topper, Eagle, etc, which Walter bought from Hunslet newsagent located at the Swan Junction end of Waterloo Road.
It is truly inspiring
to learn ever more about the roots of the Nelsonian connection with Cosmic Coolness Forever.