My 1st Christmas as a working woman

By Jennifer Staines

My 1st Christmas as a working woman - I was 18 years old - and I wanted to buy the people who were most important to me great presents because I could actually afford to for the 1st time. I headed to The Strand Arcade, which I thought was grand and full of gorgeous things. I remember how pleased I was with myself when I bought my dad a Great White Shark golf hat in a lovely pale blue suede and my mother a navy leather handbag as soft as butter. I spent an entire pay packet but thought they looked so beautiful in fancy boxes and bags marked with The Strand Arcade. The Strand will always hold those of memories for me.