Will members stop posting things that remind me I'm getting old ? ??. Yep, I had a solid 6' rod from Woolworths. A sort of aqua type colour. My dad out a threaded end eye on it so I could use it for swing tipping as well. Oh the good owd days.
I mainly used to buy line, floats, weights and hooks, from 'Woolies', in the late 60s, to fish the Wensum in Norwich. To begin with, didn't have a rod, so branches from the local undergrowth served that purpose and bait tended to be worms, from the bank side.
I only vaguely remember the Winfield fishing sets, I'm pretty sure my big brother warned me off them. in my heart I wanted a 13 Ft cane rod like my brother owned, but had to settle for the 6Ft Green fibreglass with plastic handle and a dark blue fixed spool reel, which I think was a Shakespeare. I remember drooling over the Black Prince reels, but it was way out of pocket money range. I have seen Black Prince reels for sale on Ebay one currently at £1.99 I did think of buying it and then thought again, what if I did and it turned out to be rubbish ? Better to think it was the best reel in the world.