I have come rather late to this message board, so quite possibly you won`t see this, but it`s worth a try.
In addition to Beverley and Pauline, I am also your cousin. My father was Freddie, your fathers brother. Your `odd memory` about the tape recorder that used used `wire` is spot on - it belonged to my father and I`d forgotten about it until seeing your posting ! Yes, you are right about the building business in Tasso Rd. It was run by Harold and Freddie, although it must have been started by their father because it was called F.C. Eales and Sons. I remember your father quite clearly. Like Pauline, I was told that his slow speech and gait were due to an injury during the war when he was a fireman, butnow I suspect it was probably Parkinsons. Every Christmas and birthday he sent me a postal order for 5 shillings until I was well into my teens. The sad thing is that I was never told he was my fathers brother until after he died. At that time so many of my parents friends were referred to as Auntie This and Uncle That. I was stunned when I found out. Then again, it was many years before I found out that Uncle Enoch, who was always around at family gatherings, was actually Aunty Doris` (Your fathers sister) real husband and not Leon, who she was living with. Doris and Enoch had just never got divorced. Family secrets and mysteries !
I haven`t seen Beverley and Pauline since my father died. There seems to have been some kind of family politics going on that effectively split the family. Never really got to the bottom of it.
I hope you get this and if you wish to contact me on Pongo56@onetel.com, I`d love to hear from you. I knew that Uncle Alfie had two sons, one of whom lived in Wales, but knew no more than that.