Garage had stamps licked

Four Lane Ends Garage in 1966.

Four Lane Ends Garage in 1966.

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REMEMBER Green Shield stamps? Swiping loyalty cards at the checkout is commonplace today, but throughout the 1960s, canny shoppers were expected to lick tens of thousands of stamps into savings books before they could consider trading them in for gifts.

Many places across the Fylde offered these stamps, including the Adshead family, who have had a continuous association with Four Lane Ends Garage in Thornton since the mid 1960s.

Don Adshead opened for business on Monday, October 24, 1966, just a couple of days after the Aberfan disaster and over the decades this independent family-run garage became a trusted name in the area.

The opening special offer was: “Grease and Spray for 7/6d (37.5p) and Green Shield Stamps given out with all purchases.”

In those days petrol was just 3s 6d (17.5p) a gallon, a brand new tyre was £4 and a full service on your car could be carried out for £12.

How times have changed!

Adsheads have also had a successful long-standing partnership with The Gazette, advertising cars in the 60s and 70s like a 1966 Ford Zodiac for – yes – £65, or a 1968 Ford Cortina 1300 for £375. If you had the cash you could splash out on a 1971 Triumph 1500 for £895.

“We can’t promise a car for £65 today, but it’s good to reminisce,” says Don’s son Jonathan.

“One thing that has not changed is our way of doing business.

“There’s no high pressure sales here, just good old-fashioned friendly service and sincere advice.”