The Horner brothers back in the day
An item of interest?
I recently bought a copy of Stuart Owen’s Lambretta Concessionaires “The Complete Story 1951 to 1971” from ScooterLab. This was an Interesting read and proved to be a memory jogger.
My Grandfather, RW Horner met Peter Agg and Maurice Knight and took on the Lambretta main sales agency and parts distribution for the Northwest of England.
From the outset of Lambretta Concessionaires in 1953 and together with his three sons, Ernest, Robert and John they built up the business through the heydays of the 60s and 70s. Trading from their shop in Old Trafford, Manchester.
A photo of their shop appears in the book and Robert can be seen in one photo during his trip to the Milan Lambretta factory in 1966.
A chance remark to a friend by John’s daughter, (my cousin Sally), just over a week ago led to scooter clubs, including the Salford Knights, the Manchester Nite Owls and scooters from all over, Wigan, Knutsford, even Stoke arriving on her doorstep to see her dad John Horner.
John was on a visit from his home in Cornwall. It wasn’t an event, just a meet and greet, all because someone told her husband – who had been a customer of RW Horner and Sons years ago that John was visiting family in the north.
It snowballed from a few of them coming to say hello, to at least 80 turning up on the doorstep. Neighbours wondered what was going on and were in tears that so many loyal customers would turn up to see John, so long after the shop in Ayres Road had closed down.
I have attached some photos taken last Sunday of the meet and greet in Warrington together with a photo of the three brothers taken just before the shop closed. Also attached is an article published just before the shop closed.
Chris Horner (Ernest’s son)
Manchester ride of respect
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