The Music shop in Queens Road was originally owned and operated by Mr B H Hayllar. My father always referred to him as Harry but I’m not sure what the B stood for.He was an electrical contractor and set up the original shop in Surrey Street.
Relocation to Surrey Street
From having one or two small musical instruments dotted around the shop, mainly for decoration I think, it evolved to a full blown music shop. I’m not sure when the relocation to the 7 Queen’s Road site was. His daughter Mary grew up with the business and took it over after his demise.
Mary is still living locally
My father, Fred Neale was a silversmith and he rented the basement of the building for his work, also doing some instrument repairs. He and Mary married and together they ran the business until they retired. Although still living locally, they have both become quite fragile,with Fred recently suffering a stroke. He is in good spirits though.