Support workers organise Harrods surprise for Wisbech man who worked there for 16 years

15:16 02 July 2014

Harrods honour former Wisbech employee. Elaine Ray and Julie Brown work for Radis Community Care and Bob Easton with the Harrods Bear.

Harrods honour former Wisbech employee. Elaine Ray and Julie Brown work for Radis Community Care and Bob Easton with the Harrods Bear.

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A couple of support workers went the extra mile to surprise an elderly resident who likes to entertain them with stories of his time working at Harrods.

Bob Easton, who lives in Somers Court, Wisbech, spent 16 years working as a display ticket writer at Harrods.

He was in charge of hand writing all the price display tickets for about 70 windows.

Elaine Ray and Julie Brown got in touch with Harrods, who presented him with a teddy bear.

Mr Easton said: “It was so nice of the support workers to get in touch with Harrods on my behalf and I was really touched by the bear. I still get a good pension from them and a £50 bonus at Christmas time. What more could I want?”

During his time at Harrods, the 85-year-old had chance encounters with Michael Caine and Za Za Gabor, and was on duty the week before Christmas in 1983 when six people were killed and 90 people were injured following an IRA bomb.

He said: “The bomb went off outside the staff entrance. I wasn’t hurt but the windows were all blasted out.

“I remember that even though the store was closed, I had to go in on the Sunday because we were preparing for the January sales and I had lots of tickets to write.”

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