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Edition No. 107

Date:- 12 July 2003

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END of an Era for Community Garage

FORMBY'S Kirklake Road Garage and Petrol Station is now set to be lost in the annals of history as it was pulled down this week to make way for luxury flats. 

Opened in January 1967 by AMOCO, the station was well situated and soon built up a steady trade. Tenants Gib and Thelma Homes ran the station ran the station until 1992 as a joint venture. 

The filling station combined a carwash, MOT and motor workshop and for many years to 8th Formby, St Lukes Club and Scout Groups minibus was considered home for several sponsored car washes raising funds for local charities. 

Shortly before the Homes family left the garage, the ELF oil company took over the franchise. However, a few years later the garage closed and the pumps were taken down to be replaced by a hand car wash by a later owner. 

Former tenant Mr Homes said:-

"It is a real shame it closed, but it was on the cards in the mid part of the 90's. It was a fantastic station and was always convenient for the community. The fact that cut price petrol from the large petroleum companies and the supermarkets lead to customers sealing its fate as uncommercially viable venture. Customers opted to go to none independent stations to save cash. People are realising how much the station is missed, but the state of disrepair and the fact that small independent stations can not compete, meant it was never going to re-open." 

Luxury apartment flats are to be built on the vacant land and current material waste is to be recycled according to the demolition team from Liverpool.

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