‘Are you being served?’
My godfather Clem Rosling had a department store in the London Road. The site was sold to Woolworths’ in the 1960s, and is now occupied by the ’99p Shop’. Clem and his wife Kathleen, and Clem’s parents lived in a flat on the top floor of the store. There were many stores like this, a bit like ‘Are you being served!’ I can remember a trip to the toy department downstairs and leaving with a nice toy. I caused a certain amount of envy at school by having an Uncle Clem who owned a toy shop.
A charmer with the ladies
Clem used to spend his day walking around the shop floor greeting customers. Apparently a lot of ladies remember Mr Rosling as being very charming and visited the store to see him. The Rosling family had a plot of land in Patcham which they used to visit after lunch on a Sunday. Clem was in charge of the orchestra at St Bartholomew’s Church just behind the London Road; he liked playing the timpani. He had a shop in Hove for a while, before he retired to Fox Hill Village, then Spalding and finally Bexhill in Sussex.
Do you remember Roslings? Maybe you met the charming Mr Rosling? Or do you remember the shop as Woolworths? If you can share your memories of the shops, please leave a comment below.