Mr Selfridge & Uncle Albert

I have commented before on the remarkable life of Charles Walker, a Maghull resident and friend of mine, who is 92 years young.

Charles looking back on Gibraltar (in the distance) from the cruise ship Victoria last year. Charles was based in Gib' (RAF) during part of the IIWW.

Charles looking back on Gibraltar (in the distance) from the cruise ship Victoria last year. Charles was based in Gib’ (RAF) during part of the IIWW.

Every now and then Charles (known as Uncle Albert to his friends) will let slip another interesting snippet of information about his past and here is a fascinating one.

Before the IIWW Charles worked at George Henry Lees department store in Liverpool. At the time it was owned by Selfridge Provincial who had bought up a number of what were then famous local department stores in towns and cities across the Country. Charles says that Gordon Selfridge, the son of the original Harry Gordon Selfridge which the present ITV TV series is about, would regularly visit George Henry Lees and that he had spoken with him on one such visit. Charles recalls him being an engaging chap.

Charles left George Henry’s in the early part of the war to go into the RAF and around about the same time period Selfridge Provincial sold their interest in the department store to John Lewis. Interestingly, when Charles returned to the company after his National Service he did not consider the new owners to be as staff friendly as Selfridge Provincial had been.