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S & T Garage (Sykes & Tilsley) was the garage jointly owned by Ron Sykes and Brian Tilsley in a 60/40 partnership bought in August 1982 with the money they earned from working in Qatar. Brian put in £2,000.

In March 1983, Brian accuses Ron of not pulling his weight in the partnership - Ron retaliates with a buy me out or sell out ultimatum, and Brian goes to the bank for a loan and buys Ron out, renaming the garage . In July, Brian's father Bert is helping out whilst recuperating after a stroke. Something goes wrong with the compressor whilst he is inflating a lorry tyre, there is an explosion and Bert is seriously injured.

In September 1983, business is bad for Brian and he decides to sell up. He is talked out of it by Gail and Mike Baldwin . Instead they sell their house in Buxton Close and move back in with Ivy .