IAN HART Snow distance to run

DOES the snow and cold weather give some a tailor-made excuse to have a day off?

In their defence, it’s difficult for the schools to remain open when the snow comes – first up our good friends Health and Safety have put a whole new perspective on things, as well as changing employment patterns.

As was pointed out by a number of my old friends last weekend, did the schools ever close in the 1970s?

I cannot recall it ever happening but it certainly snowed in that decade.

The main difference was that 35 years ago, the overwhelming majority of our local teachers and support staff lived in Worthing. This has now changed.

Some teachers have to travel a fair distance to work, so to get them in for work with that weather for just after 8am was an almost impossible ask.

But whilst the kids having a couple of days off to play in the snow is no hardship, did others, in key council jobs, just take a look out of the window, see the snow and decide everyone, however vital and important their jobs were, could have a day off?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, but by the very nature of their job title, civil servant, have some of the senior officials at the Town Hall lost touch with reality and stopped doing what they’re actually paid to do – providing an essential service to the public?

One set of local workers who did get out at the end of last week, albeit a bit later than usual, were our hardworking paperboys and girls.

Hart Junior initially reported for work on Thursday in Findon Valley just after 7am, but with a newspaper no-show, he and his colleagues had to return to complete rounds on foot around 10am.

It was much the same on Friday, and although he was a bit cold, it was a lesson in commitment and I’m sure his efforts and that of all of his colleagues around the town were appreciated by their army of customers.

With the X Factor charity record topping the charts, the race now starts in earnest for the coveted Christmas Number One spot.

And on the subject of records, vinyl ones that is, I’m hoping a Herald reader can settle an office debate/argument.

We were discussing where you could buy records in the town centre – W H Smith, Woolies, Fine Records, Boots and the Record Centre in Crescent Road were the ones, past and present that sprung to mind.

But I can also remember buying a Pinkie and Perky (millionaires, yet they lived like pigs) single at a shop that I recall was opposite the Odeon Cinema.

It was in the late 1960s.

A colleague says I’m mistaken but I’m sure there was a shop?