Mary and The Bachelors

Mary Edge pictured with The Bachelors in 1964 outside the Starpic Studios record shop and, below, as she is today at 80
Mary Edge pictured with The Bachelors in 1964 outside the Starpic Studios record shop and, below, as she is today at 80
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MARY Edge admits that her friends were shocked to read in The Gazette that she had died.

She, too, found the words made chilling reading.

Mary Edge with the framed photograph of herself with The Bachelors outside her record shop Starpic Studios in 1964.

Mary Edge with the framed photograph of herself with The Bachelors outside her record shop Starpic Studios in 1964.

The unfortunate mistake was made in last week’s Memory Lane, in good faith, in a quote by a former owner of 26 Leys Road, Blackpool, which had once been a nursing home.

Rosemary Jones, who had lived in the property from 1977 to 1995, named the couple she and her late husband had bought the house from as Charles and Mary Edge, adding “But they are both deceased now.”

Mrs Edge contacted Memory Lane to point out that although her husband Charles had passed away almost 20 years ago, she is still very much alive.

Mary, who is 80, said: “I got a shock when I read the article and friends were all ringing me up to check that I was OK.”

Charles and Mary were well known during the 1960s when they owned popular Blackpool town centre record and music shop Starpic Studios, in Coronation Street.

Taking pride of place in the hallway of her home in Westminster Road, North Shore, is a large framed photograph of Mrs Edge, standing with The Bachelors outside the shop.

It dates back to the summer of 1964 when the three man harmony act was the hottest ticket in town.

Dublin brothers Con and Dec Cluskey and friend John Stokes had been signed up almost a year earlier by Peter Webster for his Let’s Have Fun season show on Central Pier.

By the time the show opened, with comedian Al Read topping the bill, The Bachelors had gone on to top the charts with Diane and were at number one with I Believe.

They enjoyed two more hit records - Ramona and I Wouldn’t Change You For the World - during their Blackpool residency.

Mary says: “Show stars were always popping in to the shop and we also had many of them joining us at our home in Leys Road, where they could chat to each other and enjoy some quiet times together away from the public glare.”

Next to the framed picture in her hallway is a montage of smaller photographs of celebrities relaxing in the Leys Road property.

Mrs Edge says: “It was a nice home to live in, a very happy house for us, but in the end it just got too big. There was a large garden and we needed a gardener as well as cleaner for the house. There was a garage for five cars.

“We moved out to Westminster Road and I have been here ever since.”

When told that Mrs Edge was very much alive, Mrs Jones said: “I am very sorry about stating that Mary Edge had died, but that was the information that I was given.

“Please give her my apologies as I had no intention of upsetting her.”

We are happy to put the record straight.

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