Christ­mas fairy harks back to hap­pier times

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

AS Wool­worths faces what is al­most cer­tainly its fi­nal fes­tive sea­son, a Christ­mas fairy has come to light as a re­minder of a hap­pier time for the store. It was just be­fore Christ­mas al­most half-a-cen­tury ago when a young cou­ple and their six-month-old baby daugh­ter walked the four-mile jour­ney from their home in Mer­sham to Wool­worths in Ash­ford, where they bought a fairy which still tops the fam­ily Christ­mas tree to­day. When the Smith fam­ily bought the fairy 47 years ago, Woolies oc­cu­pied the same po­si­tion in the High Street as it does to­day, al­though it could be gone by next Christ­mas. In 1961, the Smiths paid 2s 6d (121⁄2p) for the fairy, the equiv­a­lent of about £1.90 to­day. Pat Smith, who now lives in Willes­bor­ough, has given the 47-year-old fairy a few changes of clothes over the years. Mrs Smith said: “She’s a bit tatty and her wand is a bit did­dly, but she’s still here.”

Do you have some­thing you bought in Wool­worths be­fore 1961 or do you have any mem­o­ries of Ash­ford’s Wool­worths? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8RJ or email ken­tish­ex­press@thekmg

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1519902

Crowds at Ash­ford’s Wool­worths store on what could be one of their last days

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