My Mum was fond of BHS - I think she regarded it as "the poor man's M&S". If we couldn't find something in Dereham Woolworth's, then usually it was obtainable from Norwich BHS.
When Bob and I married in 1979, her cream wedding hat came from BHS. So did the one worn by Bob's Mum. In fact, they wore identical hats. We'd checked their outfits were different colours - but omitted to consider their accessories.
I had an orange wedding hat from BHS in the 70s, for the wedding of my friends David and Susan. In fact, most people I know bought wedding hats from the shop.
In later years, I found lots of bargains in their sales - children's schoolwear, nightwear, slippers, towels, sheets...there's still BHS bedlinen in the airing cupboard. Their lighting range was also excellent [in the days before IKEA arrived, they were the home store]
Our best ever discovery was that they had a range of simple stainless steel cutlery which bore a remarkable similarity to our best WMF wedding present stuff. For 30 years we have been using it as our 'everyday' stuff - but if we have lots of dinner guests, it doubles up alongside the 'posh' - the knives are almost identical
BHS left, WMF right.
I am sorry BHS has gone - but it did seem to lose the plot in the last 15 years or so. Looking at the items in the closing down sale in Norwich last month, I couldn't really see why anyone would want to buy them.
It does seem too that
I do hope the redundant staff find new employment soon - it is always those at the bottom of the business who come off worst. Farewell BHS
Fings ain't wot they used to be, as Max Bygraves used to sing.
While I am having a little rant, I shall mention this item. The Sarson's Vinegar Bottle. For years I have had one of these - the one which moved here from Kirby was purchased in 2001 [don't ask how I know, but it was] Whenever it was empty, I'd unscrew the top, wash it thoroughly and refill cheaper vinegar from a large economy bottle. My bottle was sparkly, clean - and lost its Sarson's label years ago. Last month, I dropped it on the kitchen floor and it smashed. So I purchased another. Now I discover that the design has changed sometime in the last 15 years. The red cap no longer unscrews. So I cannot refill it as I used to. Bother!
I shall have to seek out another small refillable bottle.