Rose­mAry is the soul of the shoe in­dus­try

Shoe shop man­ager pre­pares to take on top job with na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business Telegraph - By Paul Grinell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

A shoe store man­ager who has be­come the heart and soul of the in­dus­try dur­ing a ca­reer span­ning 40 years is about to step into a top job. Rose­mary Gray ( 61), man­ager­ess of North Shoes, in West­gate, Peter­bor­ough, will be­come pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety of ShoeFit­ters in March.

She is look­ing for­ward to her two-year spell as pres­i­dent and will be in­stalled at an SSF coun­cil meet­ing in Lon­don.

Rose­mary, who lives in New­bor­ough, said: “I feel it’s an achieve­ment in the shoe in­dus­try – recog­ni­tion of the work the so­ci­ety does and a real hon­our for me.”

In ad­di­tion to man­ag­ing the North Shoes store in Peter­bor­ough, Rose­maryspends one day a week at the fam­ily firm’sstore in RedLionStreet, Stam­ford, and trains the full­time staff at its shops in Peter­bor­ough, Stam­ford, North Street, Bourne, andRoseCres­cent, Cam­bridge. On her days off she tu­tors and lec­tures across the coun­try for the SSF, hav­ing trained hun­dreds of shoe store staff mem­bers.

Sh­e­said: “TheSSF­is­fac­ing its big­gest chal­lenge – shoe­fit­ting as a trade is dy­ing. Shop staff are told to put money in tills and get shoes off shelves - but very few of them know much about foot health.”

Rose­mary Gray helps young­ster Cal­lum Elms gets the right footwear.

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