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St George's C. E. Junior School, Wigan


Decimalisation preparation!
Decimalisation preparation!
Photo: Graham Parkinson
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Item #: 30208
Bill Spencer, headteacher at St George's School, teaching the new decimal money system to a group of ladies. My mum, Joan Parkinson is on the first row at the top.

Comment by: Poet on 10th February 2018 at 23:47

Teaching the new or delearning the old?

Comment by: Graham P on 11th February 2018 at 09:22

As they said at the time, 'decimal system, what's the point?'

Comment by: Veronica on 11th February 2018 at 10:14

What a 'to-do' at the time- every shop you went in you thought you were being 'diddled' very much like when on holiday abroad!

Comment by: Albert. on 11th February 2018 at 10:38

Reminds me of the class room experience in the classroom many years ago at the Wigan Pier Museum. It was certainly a challenge then, going back to adding up, pounds, shillings, and pence.

Comment by: john on 11th February 2018 at 11:06

After we've left the EU, I think we should go back to pounds shillings and pence. I can just imagine all the kids in school trying to get their heads around it - like we had to.

Comment by: A.W. on 11th February 2018 at 12:38

Decimalisation certainly did create a lot of problems, inflation for one. We used to have to translate all the prices into "proper" money for my Nan for years after. I remember her being scandalised finding a loaf had gone up in price to 2 shillings, (10p), lol.

Comment by: DerekB on 11th February 2018 at 13:51

Remember an elderly lady in Manchester being interviewed on a local TV programme and she was asked if she thought she might find it difficult adjusting to decimalisation. Her reply was "I'm not bothered, all my money is in the bank in old money"

Comment by: Rev David Long on 11th February 2018 at 17:38

I remember Bill Spencer with affection as a Lay Reader at St George's church. Always a friendly welcome and smile.

Comment by: Albert. on 17th February 2018 at 11:50

Graham. Any relation to the Parkinson brothers, Bill, and Jack. Wigan Borough Police officers. Bill was a superintendent, Jack, I believe became a dog handler.

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