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HI CHRISTY ;
Yes i can recall the white swan pub ;always busy ; but dear old val products a complete nonsence
definately a no - no ; epecialy for me the paint was complete mess
hope some- one will come up trumps for you thou ; best wishes Astonian;;
I remember Val Products, I used to go with Ray, they sold DIY products, he was a great improvisor and would find something cheap he could alter to suit the job in hand. Alan I don't recall him ever buying paint though.
We had a neighbour who called Val Products the "Hardboard and and Cardboard Merchant"!! There was a "Caualty Corner" for broken and bent items, it was all we could afford. I had a lovely worktop for my old unit, the dented part didn't matter as I was just glad to have something new.
There is a thread called "hurst st" (no capitals) with a picture of the Hippodrome, I think Val was the other end though?
I remember Val Products - their stuff wasn't exactly what you'd call up-market. We bought a few items there when we were first married and skint. My dad used to say that a lot of their stuff was held together with will-power, not screws and glue.
I think the original Wing Yip was next door to Val Products, or at least very close.
I've just looked in my Kelly's for 1973/4 and it gives "150 & 162/5 Bromsgrove St. B5 6NX, ; warehouse 35/40 Bromsgrove St. & warehouse Inge St. B54SY."
So now I'm confused (doesn't take much!!) Hope it helps to track a photo anyway.
No you would not have bought paint from them ;it was valspar paints i was thinking of i recall the val on shelock stret or should i say it was inded on bromscrove street later they did in deed sell kitchens and things when i first seen the title of val i emediatly thought of that ghastly paint
which indeed was two seperate companies ; sylv;
sorry for my mistaken in putting it up ; [ silly me ]
have a merry christmas sylv and a happy and healty and prosperous new year for 2013
and that icludes every member on this brilliant forum site and long may it lives ; Astonian