"Rodways, the shop that never closed."

A real shop in Ashington. In those days, long before 24 hour stores, it could be a blessing to find a shop open after 5pm, and on Sunday. If you ever wanted an emergency purchase in the evening, Rodways general dealers was the place to go. It was a small corner shop, but seemed to contain everything. The kind of northern corner shop Rodways represents was affectionately lampooned several years later by Ronnie Barker as Arkwright and David Jason as GranvilleĀ in the BBC TV comedy Open All Hours.

Here's a clip from that programme.