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Tom Morton Tom Morton | 16:15 UK time, Thursday, 23 September 2010

It's not every day you get a best-selling writer contributing to the show...but Michael Munro (author of The Patter) has been aboard the unstable and wallowing vessel known as the SS Morton since the beginning. Talk of favourite childhood shops provoked this:

"My favourite shop when I was wee was the impressively named Sportsman's Emporium in Glasgow's Paisley Road West (known to aficionados as The Sportsy). It did indeed sell sporting goods but what I was interested in was their amazing range of Airfix kits and those wee boxes of Airfix soldiers that used to come all attached to a plastic framework. It also stocked Meccano, Lego, Dinky cars, cap guns and all the other boyish delights. I think it was closed down years ago for having too posh a name."

And then there was another regular contributor, Paul Feeney:

"The music department in the basement of Lewis` in Glasgow was a real treasure trove of vinyl gems. The staff were not specialists and as a result thought nothing of putting the likes of The Cars "Best Friends Girl", The Tubes "Prime Time" picdiscs or even The Police "Message in a Bottle" (green vinyl) in the 20p bargain bin. Many many collectable results achieved for less than the cost of two bubblies & a chelsea whopper!

I have two fave shops. My Uncle James had the local sweetie shop attached to his house in Ashgill, Larkhall & our monthly family visit invariably ended with my brother Stephen & I being let loose among the sweet peanuts, pan drops & Texan bars for 10 minutes before it was time to head home. We always left with troosers looking like jhodpurs, unable to communicate verbally until we got home to Baillieston, such was the quantity of treacle toffee crammed intae oor gubs!

The other was Bob Morrison's corner shop in Garrowhill that I would pass on the way to school each morn, and would purchase 2 Gammon Rolls, a packet of pickled onion crisps, a can of American Cream Soda & 2 chocolate toffees all for the princely sum on 12 new pence.What a feast, What a bargain!"

You can hear Tom Morton's daily top tales on the Tom Morton show, Monday-Friday 1400-1600.


  • Comment number 1.

    Argyle Model Dockyard under the Hielanman's Umberlla for models, Hornby & Scalextric.
    Sports was always Greaves on Gordon Street... My Mum's friend was a sales assistant with Greaves during the 60's to mid 70's.
    Recall at the time of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico she got me the biggest Adidas poster ever... it was of the Brazil team lined up prior to the final with Italy it read "Brazil wear Adidas!" all but ONE! he was in Puma boots.

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