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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Woolworths ,Greenford closing down after 100years


38 comments:

Peter Jordon. said...

You may be aware that Woolworths in the UK has gone into liquidation
after 100 years.The last stores including Greeford closed yesterday 6
Jan, The enclosed photo I took yesterday morning Regards Peter Jordan

Tags said...

Thanks for the photo Peter,

Aaaah...I guess it's
farewell Woolies then!

Del said...

Let' face it, if you can't depend on a Woolies being around it's hard to depend on anything. Del.

george said...

Many years ago my brother Jack gave me 2/6d to go to woolies in Greenford and meet a girlfriend of his called Rusty Hobbs,she lived in Acton,and to tell her he was to ill to make his date,I met her and told her about Jack,boy did she create,I have come all this way and he cannot get off his backside,you wait till I see him she was shouting as she waited at the bus stop,the trouble was she was wrong,Jack had got off his backside,TO MEET ANOTHER GIRL,shame really,as Rusty Hobbs was a nice girl.Funny how some places bring back memories,Oh for poor Woolies

Tommy said...

I remember when I was around 1o or eleven years old Woolworths sold these snake rings,they had red ,green and blue eyes.Well all the boys I knocked around with on Cuckoo avenue had these and guess how we got them.you are so right sometimes it would take a couple of hours to nick one as the time had to be right.Saturday was best when the store was busy and the girls behind the counter where preocupied.They must have got wise to us ,pretty soon they started putting them under glass but we got our fair share .It was all so daring.

yvonneh said...

Peter that really is a memory, I worked their as a saturday girl when I was 14. Till I went to home electrics opposite what used to be the Granada. I was on the china and glass at the back of the store, next to the biscuits, which we used to eat under the counter, I also worked on sweets, they didnt get much profit while I was there. I used to get an extra sixpence for washing the bosses car. Used to walk there or if it was raining catch the 211 or the 55 to the market in windmill lane. Met my first boyfriend there came from northolt, yeading lane. We used to sit outside the Yew tree pub, i think it was called that. It was certainly a tree. there used to be a tree in the middle of the rpoad, it was like visiting the countryside,except for the electricity station on the land where the gypsies used to stay. There is now a petrol station and a housing estate there oh memories wandering off again. In later years I was a sheltered housing manager for ealing council and lived and worked in Maytree court in Aspen lane Northolt, but it had become one massive housing estate.Shopped in Greenford particularly Woolworths, so sad to see it go.

PDRAY said...

Tommy,we must be in a league of our own because I to remember nicking a pencil that I needed for school and it was from the same Woolies.My family had moved to Greenford from Cuckoo Estates and I was going to Stanhope Secondary Modern School.I knew I needed a pencil for class and the Devil got a hold of me and made me do it.Isn't it nice to the blame the Devil in me and not myself.He made me do it.Anyway I thought I had pulled the biggest heist comparable to the Great Train Robbery because I would not go in Woolies for months thinking they were going to collar me.I must have been about 12 years old at the time and when your that age everything seems so serious and dangerous.

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bob stevens said...

Yvonne, you must have got your shops wrong, Home Electrics opposite the now Tesco was an electical appliance shop, Hawkins was next to them and we sold sweets and biscuits, were you the reason for all the short stock figures?

yvonneh said...

Sorry Bob, its the way I write things. The china and biscuits were woolworths and the Home electrics I worked in the record department which was downstairs. Jimmy Youngs The man from laramie, elvis and his hound dog, guy mitchell christopher columbus and Lita rosa the breeze and I were just a few of the top sellers.
Guys if its confession time, my dad came and bought a dinner and tea set. in pink bone china with a gold rim, woolies finest ,for the magnificent sum of 2/6d when I worked on the china counter, he bought 6 pieces a week till we had the full set. It does bother me a bit now but those were the times we lived in. As my dad said we lived from hand to mouth.

jim davis said...

Yvonne I don't care who they are, you show me someone that says they have never stolen, and I will show you a liar. We all did what was needed to have a semblance of a decent life.

Del said...

PDRay, you and Tommy are hardly exclusive when confessing to past villainy at Woolies. I can't think of any kid from the Cuckoo who didn't raid the store at least once. In the forties, before your time, I think, it was regarded as street cred. Del

PDRAY said...

Del,
My dad came from a family of 13 kids,6 brothers and 6 sisters,and lived in the non-exclusive area of Whitechapel.He told me that his dad would tell all the boys not to come home empty handed or they would get a clip around the ear or worse.Apparently, back in those days a lot of things fell off the back of lorries.The good thing is they all survived to get themselves out of that area of London and had to do whatever they had to do to get by.

PDRAY said...

Around the corner from Woolworths, at Greenford ,was the Granada Theater.I remember going to the Saturday morning pictures.I think it was a tanner(six pence) to get in to watch the cartoons and movie.The organist would be up front near the stage and when he played he would raise up and when he finished the organ would go down below the stage.Of course when the show was about to start and the lights were turned off,boys being boys,we would holler and throw anything that was not edible into the air not thinking that someone could get hurt.
I remember in my mid- teens sneaking into an X movie called Darling.I think I must have got an adult to vouch for me that I was old enough to get in.I will never forget Julie Christie in that movie.Her acting was superb(ha ha) and that movie helped me get through puberty.I wished I was Lawrence Harvey or a least had the chance to play his role.
Two of my sisters were crazy about Cliff Richards and when he came to the Granada to put on a show they had to go and see him.The benifit for me was that the next couple of days I did not hear a peep out of them.They screamed at the show so much they lost their voices.Thanks Sir Cliff.
A memory or two from Paul.

Del said...

I remember, when I was fifteen, the original film of "King Kong," was showing at the Granada. The problem was that it had an "H" certificate which meant that you had to be sixteen to get in, and I still looked more like a thirteen year old. We still had identity cards then, so I asked one of my work mates if I could borrow his as he was sixteen. I spent a couple of days learning his address and the serial number, and then turned up at the ticket office. All that conniving was for nothing, they didn't even query my age. Del.

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