Monday, 2 July 2012

NIDDRIES - THE BEGINNING OF THE END, 1st JULY 2012

 Salt Town Productions


Such an ordinary and unprepossessing looking building, yet so much a part of Middlewich that it's hard to believe that in a week's time this familiar scene will be consigned to history.
Of course, it's not the building itself which will be mourned, it's the memory of all those birthdays and Christmases past when Niddries Toy Shop was part of the fabric of all our childhoods.
Notice the sign warning motorists of 'oncoming vehicles in middle  of road'. Really there should also be another sign further down Lewin Street warning pedestrians of 'warning sign in middle of pavement'.
One year on from the closure of the shop, we're starting to receive reminiscences of Niddrie's in  its glory days and Mike Jennings, Paul Greenwood and Bill Armsden have been out taking pictures of the shop as it prepares to meet its end.

As many people have reported, the demolition of the building has already begun, as shown in the photo below.

If you have fond memories and reminiscences of Niddries, please let us have them, either by e-mail or via Facebook, and we'll include them in our feature at the  weekend.
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SEE ALSO: GOING, GOING...NIDDRIES CLOSES, JULY 2011

3 comments:

  1. Margaret Williams3 July 2012 at 00:54

    I still have some Dinky Cars which belonged to my late husband. His Aunties used to buy them for him from Niddries...some prices are still written on the boxes in faded pencil 2/11 or 2/6 etc. Looking forward to the words of the song from your "man who knows" I can only remember the first few lines.
    Niddries had a biscuit tin all tied up with string
    Wheels without it's mudguards seat without it's spring!!!!

    Ah well we all move on life is a roller coaster :)

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  2. My only memory of Niddries is of nearly having my car written off (while myself and my then heavily pregnant wife were sat in it) while one of their coaches performed the bizarre reversing manoeuvre into the yard.

    Marc Holmes.

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  3. To continue theNiddries song : it went flying round the corners,when the corners were not there, and poor old Niddries bisquit tin went flying through the air.
    John Wilkinson son of Jack and Thelma(Oakes)one time resident of Garfitt Street

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