The best thing about Christmas when I was a small child was going to Santa's Grotto where in the days before paranoia set in you were allowed to sit on a strange man's knee. All the big Liverpool stores had their Grottos but my undoubted favourite was Blacklers. Getting the bus there with my mother and brother on dark and wet December day was beaten only by Christmas Day itself. And I'll say one thing more. Chocolate Selection boxes were considerably bigger than they are now!
This was Blacklers before my time and before the Blitz all but demolished it.
The new Blacklers was rebuilt in 1953 and this was how I remember it, huddled under my mum's umbrella
Toys on offer. They sufficed.
Though not everyone was pleased
Maybe they had just seen Scary Santa!
And for those who like trivia, George Harrison worked there in 1959 as an apprentice electrician. It was a wise move opting for The Beatles for Blacklers closed in 1983
And Merry Christmas! Time to sink into reflection, indulgence and chaos. See you in the New Year. God willing.