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Starpic Studios record shop was in the Winter Gardens buildings on Coronation Street (in RHO Hills’ old shop) in 1951, lasting until the 1980s. Stars, such as David Whitfield, appeared there for record signings, and the company also produced photographs of stars for collectors. Sandy Mountain ran it in later years before opening his own shop called Sinfonia at 28 Cookson Street (currently the Helping Hand furniture store). Starpic (Mail Order) Limited went into receivership in July 1958. Opposite, at 37 Coronation Street, for many years was Speedak – also in the collectable star photography business, and owned by photographer Bill Fell.



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