With this year’s news of the closure of Dorothy Perkins and Burton, it set me thinking about the numerous Tunstall emporia that have traded within living memory. This week’s photograph shows Mr Moore and his management team, circa 1958, at the rear of a fondly-recalled Tunstall shop – so who remembers Woolworth’s in High Street? Woolies’ back yard overlooked Wesley Street, and the store became one of the bigger retail names in the town. Another was the Home and Colonial store as remembered by historian Paul Johnson, who grew up in Tunstall in the 1930s. Paul’s mother would sit on a high stool at the counter while a male assistant in a white apron gathered her purchases. ‘I was particularly intrigued by the powerful bacon slicer’ “Each was carefully spooned out with a silver shovel from huge bins in heraldic jars, weighed on a vast brass scale, then packaged into neat white or brown paper parcels, tied with string and made up with astonishing dexterity,” described Paul. “I was particularly intrigued by the powerful bacon slicer, carefully adjusted to the precise thickness my mother desired, then set in monumental motion with a distinct hissing noise as the rashers slid out.”… Read full this story
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