When Frank Firth first opened his electrical repair shop in 1937, George VI had just become King and Neville Chamberlain Prime Minister.
Children were enjoying the first instalment of The Dandy, and all the emergency services could now be reached on the same new telephone number – 999.
Fast forward 75 years, and Frank says that while people now prefer to throw things away rather than have them repaired, he still has no intention of closing the doors of Twin Radio Supply.
Frank, now 93, opened the store in Gorseinon, Swansea, with his twin brother at the age of 18.
But despite his neighbours saying that he has become part of the Gorseinon fabric, Frank struggles to see what all the fuss is about.
“I don’t know why you’d want to talk to me – I just fix things,” he said.
“Me and my brother started off with radios and bikes before the war, then of course tellies started to come in, and over time we turned our hand to anything… videos, heaters, kettles, hairdryers … I can’t always fix them, but I’ll take a look at it for you, and see what I can do.”
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