Posted: 27/02/2017 at 15:23
I clearly remember half day closing (Wednesday) when probably 90% of the shops were shut - including the post office & probably the banks too.
I also remember desperately trying to get to my bank when I first started work. The bank was open Mon - Fri & closed at 3.30pm. I worked Mon - Fri and the very earliest I could leave was 3.30pm. The office and bank were in different towns so no chance of getting there in a lunch hour. Had to take a half day's leave whenever I needed to visit the bank.
Also remember how tedious childhood Sundays were. We had to be quiet when we were outside so as not to disturb the neighbours & no ball games etc. We didn't go to church so the day revolved around preparing a roast dinner and then going out for a drive or visiting grandparents before tea and then sitting down to watch The Forsyth Saga. I don't remember any other half decent TV programmes on a Sunday. Nobody particularly enjoyed any of it - just ways to relieve the boredom. A particularly dire activity was 'window shopping' - ie looking at the window displays of the closed shops.
I think even the cinemas were closed.
Sunday always seemed like a day to get through rather than one to be enjoyed. Saturday was altogether jollier.Personally I'd hate to go back to the Sundays of the 1960's.
On holiday, I should probably find the French lunchtime closing rather 'quaint' and a bit nostalgic. Instead, I always forget and just find it very irritating that I'm forced to shop when it suits the shop owners rather than when it suits me. But then I'm just a grumpy old cow