"To provide the customer with a good range of well chosen, good value merchandise. To offer this to the public in attractive surroundings, backed by pleasant and effective service, and in an atmosphere of complete integrity and responsibility. To demonstrate at all times a genuine desire to please".
Beatties of Wolverhampton, now owned by House of Fraser and of course on the skids. Rachel reminded me of these great department stores and as a child I was dragged round this shop by one or other of my stepmothers. All I remember are fur coats and evening dresses, do people still wear them? I know fur will not be allowed on the fashion walk now, thank goodness. I remember the mink coat was fought over when my grandfather changed wives ;)
I suppose there is something sad when these department stores hit the bottom, but how many times have you walked round Debenhams, looking at clothes either way out of date or frowsy? is that a word? Even Marks and Sparks is beginning to feel the crunch, what we have now is the new shopping malls such as Westfield.
|Prince Albert in Queen Square|
|The Art Gallery|
This is fun, pottering around old times on the net. My grandfather worked at Villiers Engineering as chief engineer, and these gates below are where all the workers came out. As a child I would have sat in my stepmother's sports car watching the people come out running, walking, on bicycles, just like a Lowry drawing.
Another memory that floats by was taking my pony to be shod through the town to the dairy. Who ran their milk floats by horsepower, the real ones of course, beautiful cobs that were stabled and part of the stables was a blacksmith's shop for shoeing horses. It was here my pony, Silver Dollar kicked out, landing a hoof in my groin, very painful at the time.....