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When Weybridge 'woolies' Opened! - a Memory of Weybridge.
'Woolworths' facia remained above their High Street premises throughout the Second World War with a 'Closed for the Duration' notice affixed to the boarded up windows. My mother regularly took me to the Kingston-on-Thames branch though so I, like most of the inhabitants of Weybridge, eagerly anticipated the 'Grand Opening' which I believe occurred sometime in 1946. A huge crowd gathered for the event and I had been given 'half a crown' to spend which in those days was a veritable fortune to a ten-year-old! Sweets like most worthwhile things were still rationed but I did buy some 'broken biscuits' which were served direct from glass-topped tins into a paper bag. Broken ones were much cheaper than 'whole' ones and kids didn't need to have a 'ration book' to purchase them! The crowds stayed all day and the schools closed because no one turned up! By far my biggest disappointment was to discover that, unlike the Kingston store, they didn't sell large mugs of steaming hot 'Horlicks'!
Over the ensuing months many more of the 'closed for the duration' shops reopened as staff returned from war service and supplies became available. I was well into my 'teens before rationing finally ended though!
A memory shared by on May 25th, 2010.
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