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I was working at Dudley Green Shield stamps when I had a marriage proposal

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

Steve and Jean's wedding day in 1973 with some of the other Green Shield workers as guests

Steve and Jean's wedding day in 1973 with some of the other Green Shield workers as guests

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I AM writing in reply to the article in the Black Country Bugle (April 13 edition) about Green Shield stamps.

There used to be a Green Shield Stamps showroom on the High Street, Dudley, where the Argos store now stands.

The offices were in a courtyard, more or less opposite the Three Crowns pub on the corner of High Street/Stafford Street, Dudley, where I worked as an audio typist in the early 1970s. I can still smell those awful hops which wafted through the open windows!

Some of the people I worked with were Betty Driver, Pat Green, Doreen (?) who worked on the switchboard, sorry I can't remember her surname. I also remember a girl named Stephanie and Bryn Williams, again, sorry I can't remember the other staff members.

Dudley was the head offices of the Midlands Division of Green Shield Stamps, which comprised six districts.

Each district had a District Manager who was the head of about six representatives, who would call on shops and garages to either supply them with the stamps if they were already in the scheme, or to tempt them into joining the scheme.

In fact, it was while working at Green Shield Stamps in 1973 that my fiancé Steve, at that time, telephoned me on a Tuesday, saying: "What do you think about getting married Thursday of next week?" – so romantic. We are coming up to our 41st anniversary in April.

I am enclosing a photograph of our wedding, above right, as on the left hand side are some of the girls who I worked with me at Green Shield Stamps. Girl in black coat (?), Pat Green in pink coat, behind the lady in red with walking stick is Betty Driver, on her left is Steve Davenport (Betty's boyfriend, later to become husband) on Steve's left is Doreen, next left (?).

Jean Langdell, (nee Pargeter),

s.langdell@btinternet.com

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