Vintage windows will be recreated at town museum

Curator Chris Bristow with vintage Christmas decorations at the museum SUS-141121-090257001
Curator Chris Bristow with vintage Christmas decorations at the museum SUS-141121-090257001
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ONE of the town’s favourite shops is to be recreated at a new Christmas event in Bognor Regis.

The town museum is staging its first vintage festive celebration from 3pm-8pm tomorrow to give visitors the chance to rekindle some childhood memories.

Specially created for the occasion will be a new Woolworths shop window full of old Christmas decorations.

Curator Chris Burstow said: “FW Woolworths was in nearly every town in the UK, including Bognor, until its sad demise.

“While folk always immediately think of pic’n’mix as being synonymous with Woolworths, it was also the place were everyone bought their Christmas decorations.

“In fact, few other shops sold them. They really did make them affordable for the masses.

“We thought that such a display really will jog a lot of memories and remind people of those halycon Christmases of long ago.”

Many of the permanent mock-up shop windows will also be decorated to add to the atmosphere.

Plenty of other treats will be on offer to visitors at the free event at the West Street museum.

Father Christmas will be present to give out sweets to children. The first 100 visitors will each receive a free Christmas cracker.

Mr Sparks will add to the fun by creating balloon models.

The museum will be specially decorated to help give an old-world feel.

Refreshments and mince pies will be on sale along with a giant basket of nuts with old-fashioned nut crackers available to break a shell or two.

The museum shop has been re-stocked especially for the occasion to offer a wide range of local history books and souvenirs.

There is also a good selection of traditional toys such as tin yo-yos, whistles, spinning toys and French knitting dolls.

Chris said: “If listening to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas from an old vintage wireless set is how you remember the perfect Christmas, then please pop in for a very warm welcome.”

The museum closed on November 4 for its usual winter break after a very busy season.