Watson’s Radio Shop was situated at the top of the hill on Terrace Road where the party suppliers ‘Celebrations’ is now based. The shop would have supplied radio and electrical components but it also functioned as the place to recharge the ‘must have item’ for every 1940’s home- the electrical accumulator.
Bill Weston tells us how people obtained their electricity supply during the second world war. Please press the button below to hear his account of living on Terrace Road.
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“We did have jobs like taking the accumulator because, although we didn’t have electricity in the house, we had an electric accumulator which is a large battery that is acid filled – about a foot square or a foot cubed, one might say, -and it weighs quite a lot. It’s in a case with diodes of lead, and such like inside, to create electricity, and that had to be recharged every now and again so it lasted about a week. Then you had to take it on a little cart, or an old pram, along to Watson’s on Terrace Road, which was the radio shop, for them to recharge it. It would take three or four days to recharge so you would have another one to take back and you would just swap them over. That provided power for the wireless, which you call the radio but I call it the wireless, and the wireless was the epicentre of the house because we all got round in the evening to have a listen to it: Dick Barton Special Agent, Mrs Dales Diary came in quite a bit later, Raise a Laugh, ITMA, and all these programmes suddenly churned out; so the radio was a wonderful piece of entertainment.”