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Robin Longbottom
Sunday, April 7, 2019 09:48
Leo's Junk Shop Crosshills
Many older residents will recall Leo's junk shop up the side of Riley's Bakers and demolished to make way for the Coop and car park. Does anyone remember his surname? He was east European, born in Poland (I think). He told me that he was from a circus family and in his youth had been an acrobat and on the flying trapeze, but following a fall and back injury had turned to training and running a monkey troop in the circus. He had a number of photos of his troop in the old shop and still kept a small monkey at the shop, which used to sit on his shoulder. He lived in Steeton, in a house later demolished to widen the road at Steeton Top and was a regular at Elmer's Sale Rooms - if items didn't sell Elmer would say, "Well give us a couple of bob for it Leo". After the shop closed in Crosshills he opened one in Cowling for a number of years. I should think that he died towards the end of the 1970's.

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