50 years ago: July 22, 1960 TRIPLE CAR CRASH FATALITY - A HOLIDAY tragedy in which a street trader's son was killed and three other members of the family injured has shocked stall-holders in the North End Road market.

A triple-car crash in Devon resulted in the death of Mr Richard Arthur Baylis, 42, a taxi driver of Alice Gilliatt Court, Star Road. His wife Joan received facial injuries, and her mother, Mrs JH Greig, of Lancaster Court, and her sister-in-law Miss Lilian Baylis, of Epirus Road, were also taken to hospital.

Mr Baylis was driving and the other three were passengers in a car which was in collision with two other cars. The driver of one of the cars and two passengers in another were also injured.

Mr Baylis, his wife, Mrs Greig and Miss Baylis were on holiday at Babbacombe and had been for a car ride to Dartmoor when the fatality occurred, shortly before 10pm on the main Torquay to Newton Abbot Road.

Mrs Greig and Miss Baylis were not seriously injured and were expected to be well enough to attend the funeral of Mr Baylis.

Richard Baylis was the son of Mr and Mrs L. Baylis, of Epirus Road. His father had been a street trader for many years and Richard regularly assisted him until he became a taxi driver eight years ago.

25 years ago: July 26, 1985 BIG THREE BOOST FOR NORTH END

A NEW lease of life is in store for North End Road: Three major chains are to set up shop there under one roof this autumn.

Mothercare, Dixons and WHSmith are opening up on the former Woolworth site, which has be closed since January. They plan to create more than 40 jobs in Fulham's foremost street.

Said the chairman of North End Road Traders' Association Mr Graham Barber, managing director of Barber's of Fulham: "I am absolutely delighted to hear that branches of multiple stores are at long last coming into North End Road.

"I hope it will have a snowball effect for other stores in North End Road."

At Dixons, the leisure and photographic equipment chain, merchandising manager Mike Harling said: "We have waited some years to obtain a prime Fulham site."

Mr Harling said that the store - with almost 3,000sq ft - would employ 14 full-time staff plus part-time workers and is scheduled to open in November.

The WH Smith shop also plans to open then, employing about 20 staff.

Mothercare is set to open in October, with both full-time and part-time sales jobs.