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Lewis's

impis

master brummie
My memories of Lewis's as a child. Punch and Judy on the roof. Pedal cars on the roof. Queuing on the stairs that went round the lift shaft to see Santa. Loving the complete floor of tents, fully erected, and ready to be explored. [It fascinated me how they got rooms inside them. Still does, actually.] The two halves at ground level, which were majically joined on other levels. Santa landing on the roof by helicopter and absailing down the outside to turn on the Xmas lights [Sometime in the 80s, I think]
The building previously occupied by Lewis' has now been converted to contain magistrates' courts.
 

impis

master brummie
I don't think the old Lewis' is a primark. The old primark was on New street, and the new one has taken over the Pavillions shopping center. Neither of these is near the old Lewis' store - unless there's another Primark that I don't know about.
 

Bobby Fleckman

New Member
I don't think the old Lewis' is a primark. The old primark was on New street, and the new one has taken over the Pavillions shopping center. Neither of these is near the old Lewis' store - unless there's another Primark that I don't know about.
Sorry for any confusion. I was talking about the old Lewis's in Bristol.
 

Robert Ensor (bob)

master brummie
So I am sure a true Brumie must havea a story or memory of Lewis's the whole Christmas thing and roof just passed me by but I recall when going to town with me mum and sister a trip into Lewis's was always involved when I fist got married I bought a Chesterfield couch and chair along with a double bed that had a radio alarm built into the head board all bought on the drip I remember waking up one morning to here John Lennon was dead also on the same radio waking up to here Walking Back From Your House Walking On The Moon by the Police Lewis's department store for me just brings back good times as I recall the merchandise was pretty good
 

Jeannie

master brummie
A trip to Brum began with my mum and I meeting my aunt and cousin in what we called the Glass Ouse,The entrance in the minories where it was nice and warm on a cold day, more happy memories for my cousin and I looking what blingy bits might have fallen off the hats in the hat department ,lunch was always a big treat in there too and ofcause Christmas wouldn’t have been Christmas without a long wait and climb up the stairs to Santa’s grotto with Uncle Holly, Not sure how many mums would do this today, Thanks mum and thanks Lewis’s,Happy days
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
Santa looks more like an extra from Aladdin on this photo, and the rest, the nurses from the carry on movies :)
I used to go there with Mom, during the war, when Dad was in Africa, and Italy. Father Christmas (as we all called him) was REAL to us, we didn't even think of his beard being false, we were children, with a child's outlook. Unlike some children these days, who are far too grown-up, and worldly wise, carrying their own phones... Google: Is Santa real? etc: etc, Such a shame..... Happy days.
 

Gerry Cannell

master brummie
Like you Gerry, I feel modern children have had their childhood stolen, purely a generational thing I suspect, but to my generation totally sad.Paul
Totally agree, it is sad. But then I guess they would call me a dinosaur, with old fashioned views. I remember the absolute excitement of lining up in Lewis's, the anticipation that I would meet the great man, and get a present! The journey in on the bus was exciting enough, let alone meeting Father Christmas! OMG! (as they would say today...... ha-ha.
 

ade

master brummie
Totally agree, it is sad. But then I guess they would call me a dinosaur, with old fashioned views. I remember the absolute excitement of lining up in Lewis's, the anticipation that I would meet the great man, and get a present! The journey in on the bus was exciting enough, let alone meeting Father Christmas! OMG! (as they would say today...... ha-ha.
Totally agree, the joy of Christmas has definitely changed now, kid's are just bombarded with toy adverts then on top of that the peer pressure of having the "cool" gift or toy and who's had the most.
I loved the build up to Christmas, the first thing was early December getting your radio and TV times magazine and sitting there on the night planning your Xmas viewing on only 3 channels, putting up the tree writing your cards for school , and, like you say that all important trip to see the big fella. Happy days, where did it all go wrong
 

jmadone

master brummie
Totally agree, the joy of Christmas has definitely changed now, kid's are just bombarded with toy adverts then on top of that the peer pressure of having the "cool" gift or toy and who's had the most.
I loved the build up to Christmas, the first thing was early December getting your radio and TV times magazine and sitting there on the night planning your Xmas viewing on only 3 channels, putting up the tree writing your cards for school , and, like you say that all important trip to see the big fella. Happy days, where did it all go wrong
Check out my post #153
 
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