F W Woolworths, Gone but not Forgotten






Woolworths I miss you badly
As I write my list today
Gone but not forgotten
Why couldn’t you make it pay

No more kitchen wall clocks
No more super mops
Gone the paint and rollers
You really were the tops

I need a plastic tea-tray
And lots of pick and mix
But gone your many treasures
Where will I get my fix

I miss the socks and cushions
The tea pots, pads and pencils
I miss the toys and frying pans
The dye, the mugs and stencils

I need some brown shoe polish
And own brand paint remover
I need a pair of earphones
And dust bags for my Hoover

I want some black boot laces
And brass numbers for my gate
I want a funny birthday card
To send to my good mate

Where will I find my baubles
And chocolates for my tree
The tins of Cadbury’s roses
On buy one get one free

Woolies I mourn your passing
You’ve been with me since youth
There’s no shop quite like you
And that’s the honest truth

As a kid I loved your wonder
And not bothered by your staff
My little gang would nick things
But only for a laugh

My sister used to work there
My mum would shop there too
Sis filled her bags with items
But only charged for two

Now only left with memories
Of your amazing range of stock
The day they said you’d gone bust
Came as quite a shock

The diverse things I needed
Piled up high all in one place
Your passing into history
Is simply a disgrace





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3 Responses to F W Woolworths, Gone but not Forgotten

  1. My father worked for FWW from before the war up until he retired in the early 1970’s. It was a sad decline from all things down to Cds and pick and mix. The sound you can hear is him turning in his grave.

    In South Africa they are a premier store and ironically are owned by Marks and Spencer.

    • tonyjayg says:

      I believe Woolies started in Britain as the thruppenny sixpenny store (that’s what my mum and dad said anyway), with everything costing either three old pence or six. Guess it was the pound store of its day. I genuinely miss that shop. Where else can you buy some paint brushes, a box of christmas cards, a new coffee mug, a toilet brush and a giant toblerone all in one place? ha ha

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