Nominated by: Linda Dutton
Where: Chester Road, Streford
Pennington’s sold toys and bikes from its shop on Chester Road in Stretford in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Being taken there in 1959 to 1963 about late November early December to choose my Christmas present, so Father Christmas knew which one to leave. I remember choosing a blue desk and chair. But my favourite was a new type of doll, in the early ’60’s called a teenage doll I think. She was called Kiki wore black sheer stockings and a fashionable black and white dress. Very different to the usual ‘baby’type dolls. Forerunner possibly of Barbie/Sindy/Tressy dolls? I can recall even now the smell of Pinningtons and in particular the rubber tyres from the new bikes , Very evocative! It was the only toyshop I can recall other than the ones in Manchester. It was demolished as was our house in about 1964 to make way for the Stretford Arndale shopping centre.