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In 1947 I was ten years old and my best friend was Barbara Rogers, whose dad had a mens outfitters shop opposite the Tower Radio store in the High Street. On November 20th of that year, Barbara and I were invited into the store to watch the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on television - neither of us had ever seen television before. We went through to a room, that looking back now, was possibly a storeroom, in which was the television with a tiny screen. It was just magical and I've never forgotten that day - I even mentioned it in my memoirs! I always think of Mr.& Mrs. Shoffren on the Queen's Wedding Anniversary. We have a Tower Radio shop in Harlow, where I now live.

By Irene Bailey (nee Woodhouse)
On 17/08/2010

I lived in Goirle Avenue just off Larup. I have clear memories of these shops and the family that ran them. I recollet my sister and I carrying a large and heavy accumulator battery to the shop to be charged up. When I was about 14 the owner actually asked me to help out with their book-keeping. Not too sure how much I actually was! Still they were kind folk and when I married they even sent me a lovely wedding present. When I worked for Barclays Bank on Canvey I remember Michael Litman bringing in his baby son and showing us proudly how well he read. Didn't Mr. Soffren lose a leg?

By Shirley Thomas
On 12/03/2011

Such nice memories of Tower radio- I purchased a pram from this store in 1970 for my first child. I used to live in the Winter Gardens area, Central Ave- My dad moved to Little Gypps - sadly both my parents have passed away but I do visit the island when I possible can as I now live in Cornwall. Thank you to all who share pics and information on this site - well done to all.

By Heather Woods ( CLAYTON)
On 09/09/2011

I worked for Tower when I left school in the very early 80’s, and I remember Mr & Mrs Litman very well in deed (probably a lot better than Mrs Litman would remember me!). Great people to work for, and by God they knew how to run a business. Bernard was MD in those days, and I was lucky to spend a few days working with him in the office, and have a real respect and admiration for how real proper business could be done, harsh and firm, but very clear and subsequently successful. Thinking back, I was close to useless in my job, always getting things wrong, but I have to say having now run my own business now for over 22 years, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the family and Tower for showing me how things should happen at an early age – even if I struggled to do it for them myself back then. Good old Tower….. the memories flood back.

By Phil Meacham
On 07/08/2012

During ww11 we relied upon an old radio to keep up with the latest war news. It was operated by an accumulator which we had to get re-charged at Shoffren's radio shop. Yes, the accumulators were quite heavy and were made of glass and were filled with acid which worked to create the charge and store the electrical energy. I think that they had to be re-charged quite frequently,depending on the use. Great care had to be taken when carrying them to Shoffren's for exchange. Ours got lots of use as we followed the news and listened to all of those old comedy shows on the B.B.C.

My Mother took me to Roger's Outfitters,which was opposite Shoffren's, during the War to get a new school cap. I was trying on several, looking for the right size. I found one that fitted perfectly but my Mother picked up another cap and took it over to the cashier. Anyway, we were halfway home when I realized that I still had the other one one on my head. Ah well, these things happen, it was wartime.!! Gerald Hudson.

By Gerald Hudson
On 08/08/2012

Living on Elm Road in the 50's and 60's, I well remember the building of the Furtherwick Road branch of Tower Radio. Almost opposite was a smaller TV and radio store, Ullman and Son, (a photo of the old shop sign, revealed during later alterations appears elsewhere on this site). The son in question was my, sadly departed, uncle Len Ullman. After the death of his father, Len wound up that business and was employed by Tower Radio as a TV engineer, in the days when this meant more than replacing one printed circuit unit with another. Len, in fact, learnt much of his electronic expertise in the RAF, during the war, fitting and maintaining radar systems on combat aircraft, a fact of which he was justifiably proud. I am reminded that a photo of Len, with his new Tower Radio company car, appeared on the old Canvey Island web site. Perhaps a link could be made to this history. I'm glad to say that Len's wife, my mum's sister Peg, still lives on the Island and I had the great pleasure of joining many members of our family, celebrating her 90th birthday at the Oysterfleet in February of this year, shortly before she went on a n Arctic cruise in search of the Northern Lights.

By Tony Maguire
On 09/08/2012

I remember the old shop well, I also remember Miriam, I believe that she was in the same year as my brother Len (born 1930) we also used to get our accumulators from there to charge up the radio, and they certainly were heavy, especially when you got home to find that the charge had not taken and had to take it back again

By Brian Hall
On 14/11/2012

My Mother ran the Pram Department for Mick and Miriam, her photo is second row down on the left, pictured with my Father, their names where Gladys & Ernie.

By Tony Matthews
On 15/11/2012

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