PICTURE: Do you have fond memories of Mason’s or Clarks?

Bill Kirk with the staff taken on the last Saturday of trading as Masons,  April 28, 1990. Photo: Sue Kirk xS9hcfqfRh-MvjIPLxBE
Bill Kirk with the staff taken on the last Saturday of trading as Masons, April 28, 1990. Photo: Sue Kirk xS9hcfqfRh-MvjIPLxBE

A picture of staff at Mason’s in 1990 has been shared on Facebook in response to the latest news that Clarks – which occupies the property on Strait Bargate – is to vacate the premises.

Sue Kirk shared the picture on the Boston the People Facebook group with the comment: “My husband Bill Kirk with the staff taken on the last Saturday of trading as Masons, 28th April 1990.

The frontage of Masons. Photo courtesy of: Sue Kirk

The frontage of Masons. Photo courtesy of: Sue Kirk

“Has anyone got any photos still of toddler team, your first pair of shoes being fitted?”

The names of those featured are, from back left, Bill Kirk, Alison Hamp, Glyn Wood, Chris Andrews, Margaret Gilbert, Sally Walker, Margaret Sansam, Mary Peck, Liz Chapman, Shiela Bocock and Betty Atkin, and in the front row Rachel Elsam, Sheree Chapman, Debbie Bourne, Sylvia Spikings, Mary Everitt, name unknown, Linda Craft and Gill Golding.

Do you know who is sat third from right on the front row? It is believed she was a Saturday girl.

Mrs Kirk has also sent several other nostalgic photos to The Standard, including the frontage of Mason’s and an umbrella and tag with its logo on.

A Mason's umbrella. Photo courtesy of Sue Kirk

A Mason's umbrella. Photo courtesy of Sue Kirk

It follows the news from Tuesday evening that Clarks bosses had officially confirmed their intent to vacate the premises.

A spokesman for the store said the company had ‘made a business decision not to renew’ the lease on the building which was coming to an end.

They told The Standard: “The staff have all been made aware and Clarks is in the process of finding a new store space.”

Since the story was confirmed a number of readers have expressed their sadness over the news on The Standard’s Facebook page.

A Mason's tag. Photo courtesy of Sue Kirk

A Mason's tag. Photo courtesy of Sue Kirk

Chris Skinner said: “My mum used to buy my school shoes from there must be over 40 yrs ago sad to see all the shops in boston dissapearing.”

Carolyn Wright said: “This is very sad! I used to get my school shoes here, part of Bostons heritage!!”

Dee Gray said: “What a shame I use this shop regularly and have done since being a child fingers crossed they do find another location in the town to go into.”

Gwen Gross wrote: “Terrible shame for Boston another one of Boston’s old shops going not many original shops left now Wilcocks and Carter, Clark’s on the town bridge, the china hop near the Brit that’s about it now ...shame.

The Standard is also aware of social media comments and stories of closure regarding other stores in the town.

We have made press enquiries and still await an official response from head offices.

Do you have fond memories of the shoe store, either in its current form or previous incarnations? Post them on our Facebook wall, tweet us @standardboston or email daniel.jaines@jpress.co.uk