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Lewis's

Edifi

master brummie
Radio rails,what days did you go to see Father Chrismas that you could get to see him by the lift.Only time my Mom could take me was a Sat morning after working all week
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I have no idea as I only went once and that was just after WW2 when I was nine, however, I suspect it was a weekday when not at school. The lift was always used from what I remember in all our visits to Greys and the Lewis store. At the time the gates were see through lattice as was the back and I used to watch for the counterweights to come up or go down.
 

JohnWish

master brummie
In the late 40's I was always taken to Lewis's to see Father Christmas. One year though he must have felt like a change annd was at the Beehive in Albert Street. You did not have to walk upstairs go in a lift. No you went by ship. I can't remember much now but you entered a space that I thought was a lift. But it was decked out like a ship. When the gate shut behind you and the ship sailed, the sea got rough. The ship rolled and lurched. Finally the sea calmed down and we landed. The gate at the end away from the entrance opened and there he was, Father Christmas ! Magic.
 

JohnWish

master brummie
In the late 40's I was always taken to Lewis's to see Father Christmas. One year though he must have felt like a change annd was at the Beehive in Albert Street. You did not have to walk upstairs go in a lift. No you went by ship. I can't remember much now but you entered a space that I thought was a lift. But it was decked out like a ship. When the gate shut behind you and the ship sailed, the sea got rough. The ship rolled and lurched. Finally the sea calmed down and we landed. The gate at the end away from the entrance opened and there he was, Father Christmas ! Magic.
When writing the above (#833) I had intended including the following. I was also a member of Lewis's Boys' Own Club. I still have my card. I was number 560. I do not remember much about it but I did go to one members' Christmas party.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I had forgotten about the escalators. Older people are often wary of them - or are to my knowledge - being less fleet of foot. That maybe why Nanny preferred the lifts.
 
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