The 1960s was an interesting period. Famous for music, the good life and style, the era was powered, to a large extent, by a new phenomenon: Hire Purchase. This was a system similar to modern car leasing, where the customer paid a weekly or monthly sum to hire the vehicle, which became his at the end of the plan. Sometimes a final lump sum was required, but a deposit or down payment was always needed.
Great story Rod.
Very insightful, Rod. You were brought up in a learning environment. I can remember being intrigued by the shotguns and fishing tackle displayed in Gow's window, in Union Street in Dundee. Prhaps I saw the Purdeys that took you to Rimini!