Raspberry ruffles and chewy mints - you all loved a Woolies pick n mix
Sweet-toothed Echo readers responded in style when we asked for memories of the Woolworths store.
Many of you miss the Fawcett Street branch in Sunderland especially the pick n mix section.
And when we posted a photograph on social media to ask for your memories, 57,000 of you spotted the post.
Scores of you shared your memories including Elsa Graham who commented: “Omg worked there loved it really good memories especially xmas parties used to fill the pick n mix up.”
Pat Johnson was another Woolworths employee but this time at the Pennywell branch and shared this memory.
“When I was 15 I worked on the biscuit counter at Pennywells Woolies.loved it.”
Pauline Cafferkey said: “I served on the sweet counter before pick n mix. I used to give the old folks extra cos I felt sorry for them!”
Brenda Snowdon was another one who worked in the sweet department and said “had some good times.”
And so did Sarah Hill who said: “I used to serve the sweeties but that would have been early 70’s.”
Alison Lewis shared her memories. “My first Saturday job on the sweet and ice-cream counter around 1970.”
While Lucy Potts loved them so much, she said: “remember eating half before we got to the check out.”
Joan Marghani was another admirer. “Every saturdaywith my pocket money straight for the pic n mix section.”
And Michaela Laverick commented: “Eee a really remember this mam u & me nana used to take me in all the time.”
Others to comment included;
Valerie Coombs: “Yes. Great times. Alison filling her chocolate up.”
Daphne Weatherill: “I loved the pick and mix biscuits upstairs in Woolies back in the sixties.”
Christine Peach: “Omg I worked on the till on sweets x.”
Margaret Prescott: “I worked there a long time ago.x”
Lou Lloyd: “Loved it in here as a kid...”
Marie Nixon: “Heaven.”
Some of you had your own pick n mix favourites such as Tanya Beach.
Tanya said: “The strawberry ones!!! We’re lovely!!”
Dorothy Williamson: “Raspberry ruffles such a treat.”
Helen Smith remembered which were her favourite sweets and said: “Mam used to get us them chewy mints in the white green n red wrappers x”
But most of you just wanted a return of the store.
Tracey Collins: “Bring theses back please.”
Lisa Wright: “Woolworths is such a big miss.”
Kim Moore: “Aww loved woolies!!.....still miss it!!!!!”
Michael Gormley had a different reason to reminisce and said: “Miss buying me vinyl records from woolies.”
Irene Corner told us: “I loved working at Woolies xx”
And your memories just kept pouring in. Here are some more.
Marie Harper: “I remember this best childhood memories ever xx”
Ann Binks: “Bring Woolworths back at Sunderland town center.”
Catherine Kilbride: “Wow fond memories!”
Janice Butler: “Brings back memories.”
Ryan Wall: “this used to be the place dreams were made.”
Denise Spoors: “Loved woolies x”
Jean Corner: “loved this shop wish it was still open.”
John Routledge: “Wish woolies were still around.”
Julie Holmes Parr: “Best days ever !!”
Mary Ellen Davison Smith: “I used to work in woolies as a cashier 1968.”
Lisa M Wilkinson: “loved the pic n mix.”
Pamela Slater Our favourite haunt Karen ! X Steven Harvey
Valerie Dawson: “Used to love Woolies. Such a great shop. Xx”
Lynn Jessica: “Aww my first saturday job.”
Lynda Richardson: “I remember it well.”
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on a city centre favourite.
Keep the memories coming. Email [email protected]