Saturday, November 25, 2017


Here's a picture to bring back some happy Christmas memories for Brigg Blog followers who are the wrong side of 55.
It shows the electrical sales, repair and toy shop operated by Ernie Taylor, midway down Wrawby Street, on the opposite side to Woolworth's.
We think the picture dates from the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Ernie served on Brigg Urban District Council and later Brigg Town Council, in its early days during the second half of the 1970s and the early 1980s.
We seem to recall that he did a year as chairman of the UDC; it did not have a mayor.
Ernie's was the place to buy Dinky  and Matchbox toy cars to add to your collection, if pocket, Christmas or birthday money was to hand.
If you wanted the more elaborate Corgi versions, Sherwood's, on Bridge Street, was the venue to visit.
Note the lettering in lights above the entrance to Ernies place...
When we worked at the Lincolnshire Times a little further down Wrawby Street, they'd have thrown a fit if you used 'Xmas' in a festive story banged out on one of the old typewriters.
Christmas always needed to be written in full.
Xmas was on the banned list!
Ernie supplied many Brigg homes with their first TVs and then came round to attend to repairs, as and when required.