Bygones: When Chambers threw out coffee for custom
DOES anyone remember Chambers in the Old Market Place?
It is a store remembered well by Jim Matthew does and he told us: "Going back to the 1940s and 50s, Chambers had counters all the way round the shop and in the central area was a large oblong counter filled with all kinds of cooked meats that would be sliced as ordered by the customer.
"This was before the innovation of chilled cabinets like they have now.
"Shoplifting was unheard of back then as there were sufficient staff to serve you.
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"On the left side of the shop, at the entrance, was a coffee grinder.
"They would grind whatever coffee you desired and they also threw freshly ground coffee out on to the pavement to tantalise the passers-bys' nostrils, which it did.
"In general life seemed so much more straightforward then.
"Money was worked out in pennies, but went a lot further than it does today."
Comparing today with yesteryear, Jim added: "In those days it was a completely different atmosphere all round, which is beyond the comprehension of most people now.
"Also, back then there were thousands of jobs and trades that today no longer exist."
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