During his time as a famous popstar, Freddie lived in Gatley, and was well known there and in other parts of Stockport. Offerton Community Council secretary and local historian, Ray Preston, recalled the time that the diminutive 5ft 4ins singer opened a shop in Offerton.
"It was called The Little Red Donkey and was in the Offerton Shopping Precinct around the time it first opened in the 1970s," said Ray. "It sold good quality children's clothes and was open for about four or five years. I think Freddie came to the opening and of course he had people running it for him," he added.
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