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Did Redgates used to do anything special for Christmas ?

E.g. did it have a Santa's grotto or big Christmas tree ?

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DaveH

Did Redgates used to do anything special for Christmas ?

E.g. did it have a Santa's grotto or big Christmas tree ?

Good question.

I can't honestly remember, but, being a toy shop it must have done a large proportion of it's sales and taken a big proportion of its total income / profit in the run up to Christmas so it would have paid dividends if they did have a special Christmas crowd puller.

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RichardB

They must have had a good coverage in the papers - the advertising medium of the day ? Radio also ? Anyone ?

Did Redgates used to do anything special for Christmas ?

E.g. did it have a Santa's grotto or big Christmas tree ?

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maxiesmum

Redgates did have a Santas Grotto I remember this because I was the fairy who sold the tickets in 1969. After that Christmas I worked at Wilson and Gumpert in Fitzalan Sq and when they closed , I worked back at Redgates  on the Large toy and cycle department in the basement. It was such a fun job!

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