The boutique that recreated Two Ronnies # 039; famous sketch

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The boutique that recreated Two Ronnies # 039; famous sketch

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Stevie Loft, Jim Oldham and David Odell

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Stevie Loft, Jim Oldham and David Odell said that the “Four Candles” sketch was often mentioned by customers

A classic sketch of the Two Ronnies was recreated by the residents of a city who wanted to “light up” a 280-year-old shop.

Odell Co has been trading in the same place on Stony Stratford High Street in Milton Keynes since 1740.

Vicky Holton, who has lived in the city all of her life, said the hardware store had “always reminded her” of the sketch “Four Candles”.

Co-owner David Odell said the sketch was mentioned by customers every week.

“I was surprised by the video because I knew the original sketch of Two Ronnies and it is often mentioned in the store,” he said.

“There is never a Saturday without two people mentioning the fork handles.”

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Media captionThe sketch was first released in September 1976

Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker’s BBC sketch show The Two Ronnies was one of the most successful of the 1970s and 1980s.

It lasted from 1971 to 1987 and the episode “Four Candles” was broadcast for the first time in September 1976.

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Sean Calvert and Dave Pibworth playing the roles filled by Corbett and Barker in the original

Miss Holton was responsible for recreating the iconic sketch in the hardware store and hired a local videographer and actors from the amateur drama scene from Milton Keynes – with Sean Calvert and Dave Pibworth playing the roles Corbett and Barker in the original version.

Miss Holton herself made a brief appearance, as did Mr. Odell.

She said she hoped the video “would highlight a wonderful store, especially since the high streets are in danger in every city.”

“A similar hardware store a few miles closed its doors a few years ago and it was so sad,” said Ms. Holton.

“Odell’s has been around since 1740 and it’s a real community center. They have a great philosophy, great service and always sell tickets to local events in the store.”

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David Odell’s great-grandfather bought the business in 1863

Odell, who owns the store alongside his brother Richard, said his great-grandfather bought the business in 1863, but has been trading in the same building since 1740.

“We are a very old established company,” he said.

“Having been in the family since 1863 is a major achievement.”

The 66-year-old said he believes the company has stood the test of time because “it has changed with all the changes it has made.”

“During the Victorian period after my great-grandfather bought the business, we had the industrial revolution and things became much more mechanized and manufacturing changed,” he said.

“We have adapted to the gas entering the city, the electricity entering the city, the addition of the automobile and we are still striving to make a living and keep the people of Stony Stratford happy and buy what they need. “

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David and Richard Odell are the fourth generation to run the family business

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Odell Co as it is today is a popular and used store in the center of Stony Stratford

Odell said the introduction of the Internet has made things “much more difficult” for businesses, but said, “You have to be positive for the future.”

Despite the convenience of online shopping, the store regularly attracts new customers.

One customer who recently visited the 280-year-old store for the first time is Bram Davies, who has moved into a property that has been occupied by its previous owners for 40 years.

“I was cleaning the house and found objects from decades ago with Odell written on it, so I had to go in,” said Davies.

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Many fixtures in the store date back to its beginnings, including drawers with handwritten labels

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