It’s due to close this month - so a shopping trip to Huddersfield’s BHS store turned into a sentimental walk down memory lane for mum Anna Carr.
Anna went to the store with her daughter Georgia and was unexpectedly left feeling sad at the sight of everything in the store for sale - including the mannequins.
She said: “I have to admit to feeling a little like a scavenger as I walked through BHS for what would be the final time last weekend, feeling more sentimental than I had bargained for.
“I recalled the time 18 years ago when I tried the cutest ‘big boys’ dressing gown on my two year old, who refused to remove it and much to everyone’s amusement proceeded to run around the then bustling, thriving store. Oh my, how he loved it that blue dressing gown which of course I purchased!
“With great fondness, I remember the magical build up to Christmas, taking all my three children to meet Santa in the restaurant, shopping afterwards downstairs in what each December became a fiesta of colour and wonderment.
“Even though BHS is set to close its doors forever this month, I still - perhaps naively - found the fact that absolutely everything in the store was for sale so very sad. It’s the first time I had seen anything quite like this. Tables, shelving, light fittings, clothes rails, shopping baskets, the lot for sale.
“And then, there they were. A sight that made me stop in my tracks and shudder. Row upon row of shop mannequins, faceless dummies, all for sale. No eyes but they still seemed to be staring.
“My daughter took a photograph which really summed it all up for me. She has called it ‘Souls for Sale.’
“Somehow, those mannequins seemed to represent the thousands of people I will never know, that I will never meet who now find themselves unemployed following the dramatic downfall of BHS. It really brought it home to me that none of us will ever bring anything home again from this once great store. A sad day indeed.”
BHS is due to close before August 20.