Shopping used to be a pleasure
Sainsbury’s butter patts
I remember George Street very well from the 1950s into the early 1960s. My Uncle Frank worked in the Sainsbury’s store there; it had beautiful heavy tiled walls which were brown, green and cream. I loved to watch the butter being prepared for sale. Of course it was sold loose then, and was patted into shape and individually wrapped. Because the food was on open display then, I can still remember the wonderful smell of the open counters. Does anyone remember the broken biscuit shop? My mum took us in once a week.
A book lover’s treasure trove
Lane’s bookshop was a treasure store for me. Mr Lane I remember well, he was so helpful always willing to talk about books and make recommendations. Most of the paperbacks were one shilling in old money. Mr Lane would buy them back from you for 6d when you’d finished, although I kept all my favourites. I have had a life long love of books and reading, which I largely attribute to Mr Lane and his shop.
Flying cash tubes
I recall the Stuart Norris department store had a cash system of vacuum tubes that fascinated me as a small boy. The shop assistants sent money flying to the cashier’s office in these tubes; a few moments later back came a receipt and the change. De Marcos Ice Cream Parlour was a favourite stop, Coe’s fish shop, the two record shops – great memories. If only shopping was such a pleasure today.