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When it comes to electronic equipment, Aldridge Audio is a household name! 
Established over 30 years ago, Aldridges as it has now become known, is the brainchild of Paul Aldridge. Electronics played an early part during Paul’s upbringing, he was known to start repairing things for friends and neighbors whilst still at school.
As soon as he left school he found employment with Neil Campbell who’s premises were a few doors away from Aldridges current location. Within a short period of time he was left to run the service department. Paul was subsequently offered a position within the former GPO, now known as Manx Telecom, as a telephone engineer.
Aldridge Audio had its first beginnings at small leased premises in Royal Avenue in Onchan where Paul worked during the evenings and at weekends whilst also remaining full time at the GPO. 
It was well known that he could be found at Aldridge Audio late into the evening and still go on to complete a full days work at the GPO. He would regularly take trips in his car to London to buy much needed stock for the shop, arriving back on the Island for a few hours sleep before starting work again. 
In 1978 Paul moved into his current premises on Bucks Road where the business really began to grow.
In 1985 Paul left Manx Telecom and dedicated his full time to his own business. Today, Aldridges employs 12 staff within its three separate departments, Aldridge Audio, PC Solutions and ‘Lectrics.
Aldridge Audio – Few people are aware that Aldridge Audio were the first company to sell digital watches, calculators and home computers on the Island (remember the ZX81?). 
Today they can provide small sound systems for the home or car or large sound systems that are installed in some of the Islands Churches. They also provide sound and lighting systems for some of the local nightclubs as well as offering disco equipment for hire to the general public. Their extensive range of disco hire equipment has helped many a party or wedding reception be a great success. Aldridge Audio also has a service department where repairs are carried out by their own on site service engineer.
PC Solutions – Situated on the first floor above Aldridge Audio, PC Solutions has become a major player in the computer market on the Island. 
Reprinted - Isle of Man Examiner 1997

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