"Daft department" -- since anything sensible, is eluding me: how about Altrincham? It's pronounced "Altringham"; you can "ring 'em" on the phone as much as you like, but you'll still be at a higher ALT-itude than the rest...
@perryman: sorry -- misunderstood your post # 11,026. I'd seem, for an answer, to be reduced to that sweet little Scottish coastal place called Eyehaven Tacklew -- invented by a one-time stalwart of this game !
Clue 1: Where a straight (and also a mixed-up) fruit can be found adjacent to two little north American locations.
Clue 2: Closer to home you could also find a condiment in this place, sort of. Clue 3: Confused deliverers of fuel who, individually, sound like the answer to clue 2.
Clue 1: Canada and California (CA) were the 'little North American locations, with the fruit obviously being 'melon' (or 'lemon, to mix it up).
Clue 2: The condiment of choice is 'Coleman(s)', anagram of which is Camelon.
Clue 3: 'Coalmen', anagram of which etc etc...
Barnsley? It's in Yorkshire, a row is a Barney in rhyming slang, L Is fifty in Roman numerals, and S could at a stretch be seen as the flank, or side, of the term spamcan, whatever (other than a container of processed meat) that might be.
"Far-fetched and far-fetcheder" -- I suspect that the setter is cunningly putting us off the scent, by implying that "Tyke" denotes Yorkshire. "Tyke" sometimes colloquially and affectionately refers to a child. I submit Kidsgrove. Kid = child - tyke. "s" -- as per @John Griffiths above. "ro" is nearly "row", in the "line-up", not the "quarrel", sense (it rhymes). The "g" and the "ve" before and after, contribute to fifty shades of grey, total indicating "undercoat": "g" being initial letter of "grey"; and "ve" alluding to Victory in Europe Day, 1945 -- forty-five is nearly fifty . Easy !