Return to top Return to top

2020 – During the Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown, I was preparing the Shop for re-opening,

2020 - During the Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown, I was preparing the Shop for re-opening,

About this memory

putting up the Perspex Screen (as shown above) hand sanitizer station, and forms to take Customer’s names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

During that time, I received 2 letters through the door from Mr Brown begging for the first available Appointment. When we got the Government News, we could open on the 15th July 2020 I immediately phoned Mr Brown and he got the first Appointment with Dave early morning.

When the announcement came, we could open on 15th July I had the shop phone number transferred to my House. I went to the Shop to collect the Appointment Book and when I arrived home 20 mins later my Wife had already had 7 calls asking for an Appointment. The phone never stopped ringing the 2 weeks before we opened.

When we opened, we were fully booked for the next 2 weeks. I left the phone transferred to my Home with my 13 year old Granddaughter Megan and my Wife answering the calls. The phone rang from 7 in the morning until late afternoon. We took over 700 calls the first 2 weeks then 600 the following weeks.

Mr Brown didn’t turn up for his Appointment on the first day, he thought it was Thursday. He got up early on Thursday morning and checked his diary and realised he was too late – he got the wrong day. He phoned to apologise and asked for another Appointment – I said it will be 2 weeks – “OH NO- OH NO” – then I said we had a cancellation the next morning.

When he arrived, he was apologetic and gave Dave a Bottle of Champagne.

Avatar Added by PatrickMc Attributed to: Robin Malinowski

Discuss this memory

Your comment

Edinburgh in pictures

Edinburgh Collected is a community archive of Edinburgh memories. Explore the city’s rich history through images, documents and objects.
Explore pictures

Edinburgh in scrapbooks

Scrapbooks are collections of our community’s memories giving unique perspectives on life in Edinburgh.
Discover scrapbooks

Edinburgh in words

Uncover personal memories of life in Edinburgh, recorded in the written word.
Read memories

Share your memories and make history

Sign up for your free account today, to share your photos and memories, and create your own Edinburgh Collected scrapbooks.
Join today
What type of memory would you like to add?