My Life With… Grandstand BMX Flyer – Handheld

Retro Arcadia

The regular arrival of the new Marshall Ward and Littlewoods and sometimes Kays and Freemans mail order catalogues twice a year was always a big event for my middle brother and me during the early eighties, but biggest of all was the arrival of the autumn/winter editions because, as well as about seven hundred pages of everything you could ever imagine as usual, it had a massive toy section, just in time for Christmas! I’m sure that’s where my aversion to the summer comes from – about a dozen pages of toys if you were lucky, where the other one was War and Peace! Exciting stuff, and we’d happily spend hours poring over all the things we couldn’t have! We even had a game called “Best on This Page” where you’d turn a page blind and have to be the first to point at the thing you wanted most on…

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