Grandad (my dads dad) had a ‘sell anything’ shop on Oldham Road. He did cycle and sewing machine repairs.

One day, Gracie Fields called in wearing a fur coat because she’d seen a picture in the window. Mt grandad was thrilled and gave it to her for free. His dad was furious because they were very hard up – scratching a living in those days. He thought it was unbelievable that he didn’t charge her.

Rene