What was the wonder of Woolworths for you?


Hastings 2007 photo source: http://www.emilyandjames.co.uk/Galleries/Woolworths/Woolworthsphotos.html


Lesley Bowles… The record department

Peter Thomson… My first regular (Saturday) employment. With the Manager’s authority, plugging the bare cables of the display amps into a single socket, after jamming a pencil into the ‘earth’. This was after closing time and nobody died.

Jackie Hutt… Loved the broken biscuits…. My mum used to work on that counter.

Wendy Weaver… My first job, during the summer holidays when I was 14 in the Bournemouth Branch.

Mick Knights… I found an LP in the bargain section called The great American Eagle tragedy for 50p which I sold on ebay for £25.

Sue James… We used to love the bottles of raisin wine and the ginger wine at christmas

Tony Davis… I used to love the hot salted peanut machine they had. I also seem to remember that at one stage there was cafe in the Hastings one.. Talking about Woolies has also reminded me when in the same stretch or road were Sainsburys and Joe Lyons cafe. Sainsburys was all wood and marble and Lyons used to serve mashed potatoes with an ice cream scoop. Great memories!

Andrew Freeman… The smell of Woolies was completely unique.

Roger Dando… Airfix two Bob kits – obviously ! !

Jan Warren… It was just the store, it was where (and I guess many others) used to hang out on a Saturday, it was part of our Saturday!! – I was devastated when they closed all the shops, it was the end of an era!! 🙁 🙁 🙁

Peter Fairless… Louise in the record dept. Am I allowed to say that?

Paul Dove… worked there as a 15 year old Sat boy, bloody long time ago…

Alan Esdaile… Yes your right Tony. I remember a cafe where the record dept was in Woolies. Also remember Sainsburys and Lyons. Don’t forget the wonderful Dimarco’s cafe next door and also the tiny Tesco.

Dave Nattress… I lived in Bexhill where we had a good enough woolies. But I think I’m right in saying Hastings had the attraction of an escalator – when I was rather younger. Actually in latter years both Hastings and Bexhill had a period where they were selling some really good music DVD’s – bought quite a few. The records and later CD selections on offer were pretty good also. Overall though, the selection of merchandise available was great – they did most things.

Joe Knight… Demarco old fashioned but great food.

Tim Moose Bruce… The tiny Tesco was a large store in comparison with other shops when I first went there with my mum back in 1969 .

Joe Knight… That’s the shop you could always find something for everyone at Christmas

Terry Har…. Spent most of my pocket money in Woolworth Tolworth Surrey and as a teenager chasing the girls who worked there.(and sometimes catching them lol)

Peter Thomson… There was also a tiny Woolies in Kings Rd, St Leonards until the early 70s, at least.

Alan Wood… The escalator

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Record department

Dennis Torrance… Some great pictures there happy memories

Mike Wright… Embassy Records

Paul Sleet, Mick & Friends – Sea Front Hastings 1972.



supplied by Paul Sleet

Jim Breeds…  I knew Paul Sleet! His Mum & Dad were friends with mine.

Kevin Burchett… paul is a scalliwagger lol. I actually remember him wearing that afghan coat.

Chris Meachen… Likewise!…

Pat Sleet… I know – hip wasn’t he??

Tony Davies… The guy in the middle playing the blonde J200 copy was a lodger at my mum and dads house in The Croft. I had some good jam and drinking sessions with Mick, he always had his guitar slung over his back, never had a case , and they were always getting bashed and dinked. He also had an old Eko guitar as well. Last I heard he was living in Battle after getting married but that was about forty years ago. Does anybody know what’s happened to him since then ??

Stephen Fletcher… Paul Sleet, Mick, Paul’s cousin Rick, Suzanne Judge and Sue Jeffries .

Sue Weatherill… Paul was a big David Bowie fan & i was his girlfriend at the time, Sue Jeffery.
Yesterday brought back all the fantastic times in Hastings in the 70’s. Super photo of us all….thank you for putting it up.

Paul Sleet… Hi Sue. Good to hear from you. Also pictured with your friend Suzanne is my cousin Rick who lives in Alderney. This pic is around 1972 I think.

Tony Court-holmes… Paul with long hair I remember that.

Glenn Piper… Wow, 72? It really doesn’t seem that long ago

Jo Turner… I bet that coat on the right came from pretty novelties near warrior square

Neal Hunter… is that Paul Sleet with the guitar?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Neal.

Eugene Hughes… Love the old Maidstone and District bus