Remembering what a treat it was to shop in Footman's department store
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Do you remember shopping at Footman's in Ipswich?
Photos of the much-loved department store from the 1960s and 1970s feature in our latest Days Gone By feature.
Following the sad news that Debenhams is preparing for closure, readers have been sharing their memories of the famous Footman Pretty & Co store, which stood on the site for more than a century.
Peter Talbot wrote: "I worked at Footman's in 1969-1970 on the provision counter, which was on the ground floor near the entrance in Lloyd Avenue.
"The service we had to provide was first class, because the customer was always right. The staff always called the customer 'Sir' or 'Madam' and never questioned their request.
"I was taught how to cut ham off the bone in front of the customer, so it was imperative that it was cut correctly every time.
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"Watching our every move, we had floor walkers, who moved about the department waiting for anything which was not correct. I remember the ladies coming into the store with fur coats and the men with suits.
"Under the store is where we had the cold storage preparation area, and the tunnels which ran from Lloyds Avenue through to Westgate Street, so I expect they were filled in when Debenhams was built.
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"I learned a lot at Footman's in the food trade and was sorry when it was demolished. We will have to see what will happen next in this very important part of town."
Stella Burgess wrote: "I loved Footman Pretty as a child. The food hall seemed huge, with every sort of lovely food on display and all the lovely smells too.
"I loved the way the flights of stairs seemed to twist and turn to different floors. Of course, my favourite floor was the toy department, and I had to be dragged out every time.
"It would seem old fashioned now but then it was a real treat to go there especially as it was post war and treats were limited."
What are your memories of Footman's and other shops in Ipswich over the years? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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