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Sweeneys , tv rentals

Andy66pandy

Brummie babby
Yeah , very hard to find tv repair too now on high st .. But was pleased toread somewhere here someone still has a ferguson tv from sweeneys that still works.. My friends parents still have a 22" phillips 1002 model tv i sold them in 1985 bless! ... An expertly serviced tv i hasten to add ! Lol ! - gawd bless the cathode ray tube i say !
 

nickcc101

master brummie
When we were first married in 1970 we were lucky to be able to afford to rent a TV, now we have two spare sets in the loft and a further 5 in different rooms, not sure what's changed but a family without a TV must be as rare as rocking horse ****.
 

Andy66pandy

Brummie babby
Yeah bob sweeney was the managing director when i was there.. The family had some boating accident in the 60's indeed i heard.I will always remember the jaquar xjs that bob sweeney drove... The 'poshest car' in the car park ! ... Registration CPU777T ( what a memory) ! .... I later saw this car for sale in the 90's on the tyburn road at a used car site for £1700... It brought back alot of memorys and looked alittle sad really...
 

Andy66pandy

Brummie babby
We had a shop at sparkhill..788 stratford road.
I checked 'my letter of employment' from 1983 which has all the shops listed on the bottom lol!
 

glassalli

knowlegable brummie
we rented a TV from Sweeny's I think it was an 18" they gave us Portable free as part of the deal.

They had a shop in Sheldon next to whats now Iceland.

We always had the same service engineer, and he always turned up at the time we agreed.
 

Andy66pandy

Brummie babby
I'll always remember 'Phillips' had a promotion in 1984 whereby they gave away with every sale an 'olympics 1984' glossy annual full if pics and info.
Unfortunately it was the year that Russia boycotted the olympics - so half the stuff in the book was irrelevant !
Bob Sweeney even tried to 'sell' the book for £4 - when Phillips supplied us a shedload to be free giveaways! Lol x
 

dennisw

New Member
I worked for sweeneys from 1972 until 1990 when it closed..it was a great firm to work for..I was an field enginer ar harborne and covered many districts..happy days
 

nickcc101

master brummie
The first telly we hired was from Sweeneys, not sure where we hired it from as my Wife to be lived in Kingshurst, I lived in Perry Barr and the flat we moved to was in Water Orton, long leys court. There was no way we could afford to buy a TV and Sweeneys were our best bet, thank you Sweeneys.
 

cabman2

knowlegable brummie
I worked for Sweeney radio for 11years. Stratford road then Manager at Yew Tree Nd Chelmsley wood. Company eventually sold up to Radio Rentals who had been after the company for years. Never knew what happened th Robert Sweeney the boss .
 

terry jukes

Brummie babby
I aIso worked for Sweeny radio from 1960 to 64 started when I was 15 based at the head ofice Ludlow road and attended garret's green college .They had two delivery drivers Pete Davenport and stan? both served all the shops. I worked with Pete for a short time before going on the bench may well have met you very fond memory's of sweenys Sweeny senior I was told died some boating accident? I only new is son who took over
 

Gary Pitt

New Member
hi jean
i remember jollys tv and radio shop at witton
when i8 lived in inkerman house new town row in the 70,s
and went scouring around for a tv it was a sunday night and the UB 40
Was making a video for there records and standing in there door way was the lead singer mimeing and they was recording the shot my old dutches got estatic and she got id autograph and thats how i never for got good old jollys he was quite
reasonable in is prices , col h ; i think you was right at first it was bonds , then it changed to sweeneys of the cross have a nice day every body even thou its gonna be a wet one . best wishes astonian ;;;
Sorry but you are so wrong....I worked for Jollys radio in the 80's. Steve Farley owned the business and I was there helping on the night UB40 filmed part of the 'please dont make me cry' video, myself and Steve even helped the film crew with the video film sync during the filming. Only an actress and a few members of the band was there.The owner Steve took us all for a curry in Erdington afterwards
 

Gary Pitt

New Member
Sorry but you are so wrong....I worked for Jollys radio in the 80's. Steve Farley owned the business and I was there helping on the night UB40 filmed part of the 'please dont make me cry' video, myself and Steve even helped the film crew with the video film sync during the filming. Only an actress and a few members of the band was there.The owner Steve took us all for a curry in Erdington afterwards
Also it was a weekday night
 

Eric Gibson

master brummie
Now that the Birmingham newspaper archives are more readily available maybe the boating accident detail can be found, it must have been around the mid sixties I think.
 

mw0njm.

brummie dude
i used to sit outside the tv shops:laughing::laughing: and watch the tv pic, in the winddow from my van on nights
 
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