By Linda Foo Guest
A PART of Wirral’s history was blown away during the recent gales.
The Walkie Talkie photo booth, in New Brighton, was wrecked in the storm after it was blown across the forecourt of the Queen’s Hotel at the seaside resort.
The wooden kiosk was a replica of the 1940 photo booth used by photographer Bob Bird.
It was plastered with old photographs and had been there for 15 years as a tribute to the late Mr Bird, placed there by his son Robin.
It was painted with the words “Walkie Talkie Photos, 2 for 2/6d” – which was the price Bob charged for taking pictures of day trippers. Robin has salvaged the remains and hopes to rebuild the kiosk, but admits he is not a carpenter.
He said: “During the late 1940s and early ’50s, Bob operated from the kiosk outside the Queen’s Royal. He would develop his prints in a sink inside the hotel and have them ready for the punters when they went home.
“The replica kiosk contained a selection of my dad’s old photographs and was a popular attraction with passers-by. Photographs of my mum, Thea, as a young woman were added following her death at the age of 92 last month. Fortunately, the photographs lost or damaged were copies and can be replaced.”
Can you help Robin rebuild the Walkie Talkie kiosk? If so, contact the newsdesk on 0151 472 2498.