Emotional ending to real life toy story

Mike Wollerton with toy collection of Walter Moros 1956-2012, at Todmorden Toy and Model Museum.
Mike Wollerton with toy collection of Walter Moros 1956-2012, at Todmorden Toy and Model Museum.
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The owner of a toy shop has been overwhelmed with the response to a special display in memory of a former customer.

Mike Woollerton, who owns Todmorden Toy and Model Museum on Rochdale Road, has been inundated with calls and visits after creating a special exhibition of toys donated by Walter Moros.

Walter, who died last year, left Mike 20 large crates of toys in his will.

Mike, with help from work experience student Sam Tindal, spent time assembling a display of the items which he has called The Walter Moros Collection, and people have been flocking to see the toys and pay tributes to Walter.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the response,” Mike said.

“I’ve had more than 20 calls from people getting in touch with their memories of Walter.

“I was in tears. There were so many fond memories of Walter. He was obviously so very well liked.

“I’ve also had visits from people who knew Walter.

“It has meant a great deal to them to see his collection and it brought back what they remembered about him.

“Walter was obviously a very popular and well-liked man.

“Listening to some of the stories about him made me feel very small.

“It’s been very emotional.

“It just moved me immensely.”

Mike said Walter used to regularly travel over from his home in Rochdale to visit the museum.

“He would come in very often and have a cup of tea with me,” Mike said.

“He was especially keen on TV memorabilia.

“He was 55 when he died last year.

“I wanted to set up an exhibition in Walter’s memory and thought it would be interesting for his friends and family to see.

“There were too many items to display them all, so I’m selling off some of them and the money raised will go to the National Autistic Society.”

The exhibition will be on display for at least a year.