Toy shop praised in business campaign

Gordon Marsden and Mark Yates of Brooks Collectables.

Gordon Marsden and Mark Yates of Brooks Collectables.

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The unique quality of a local collectables and memorabilia shop has been praised by an MP for highlighting the potential for small businesses in South Shore.

Brooks Collectables was visited by Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden to promote his ‘Back Blackpool Businesses’ campaign.

Mark Yates, who owns Brooks Collectables, has been leading the debate in South Shore to revive the area for businesses through the South Beach Business Forum and was a guest speaker at the launch of the ‘Back Blackpool Businesses’ campaign in May.

Mr Marsden, the Shadow Business Minister, said, “Brooks Collectables and the Toy Museum act as a major pull factor for visitors and residents to the South Shore area through the unique character of their combined business and local attraction niche. It was excellent to see the unique service Brooks Collectables adds to our resort and meet with Mark Yates, who has done an exceptional job in maintaining his family’s successful business and in promoting the South Shore area. It was a good opportunity to speak with him about my campaign, working closely with local businesses and agencies to improve our town.”

Brooks Collectables was established in Blackpool in 1949.

It has a successful online presence but still does most of its business through the shop in Waterloo Road, providing official collectable goods.

The shop also has a toy museum above it containing toys and technology ranging from a wide variety of eras.

Mr Marsden added: “The enthusiasm and hard work put into the toy museum above the shop, free for the public to visit, is a true credit to Blackpool. With models of the Tower, Napoleonic toy soldiers to Star Wars figures and train sets, Mark has shown how we can encourage visitors.”

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