Small Town Life from Martin Schell – Part 5

This is an excerpt from Martin Schell’s book Small Town Life: Fishguard in the 1960s and 1970s

Birches

There was a shop just along the road from the cinema which sold quite an eclectic range of items: I wasn’t interested in the fishing tackle, weights, lines and lugworms they sold, and their stationery, packets of old stamps, and assorted tourist tat weren’t of much interest to me either. 

I was, however, very taken with their display cabinets full of little action figures, and their extensive range of Corgi cars such as the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 (model number 261), the Batmobile (model number 267) and the unfortunately named Man from U.N.C.L.E. Thrushbuster (model number 467). 

Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay 

Birches had a bank of dark wood counters on three sides of the room and a massive double-sided dark wood central display section: at least it all seemed like that when you were four foot nothing tall and venturing 300yd away from home was a big deal.

Martin Schell

Martin Schell grew up in Fishguard in the 1960s and 1970s and lived here until 1989.  This is an excerpt from  his book Small Town Life: Fishguard in the 1960s and 1970s, available on Amazon Kindle and a snip at £2.50, Other titles by him are available there too.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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