Department store celebrates 125 years

JPCT 070512  Manns of Cranleigh 125th anniversary tea party in High Street. Emplyoee Richard Hart welcomes customers. Photo by Derek martin
JPCT 070512 Manns of Cranleigh 125th anniversary tea party in High Street. Emplyoee Richard Hart welcomes customers. Photo by Derek martin

A CRANLEIGH department store celebrated an amazing 125 years in business with an event bonanza on Saturday May 5.

More than 600 people swamped Cranleigh’s High Street to take advantage of the vintage tea party, listen to the jazz band, and check out the six vintage and classic cars on display in Manns of Cranleigh’s courtyard.

Staff greeted customers dressed in 1887-style overalls, while waitresses in vintage costumes served tea outside the store.

The shop also opened its archives, putting pictures and artefacts on display at a dedicated museum.

Manns also opened a gallery on their first floor on Saturday, running until May 17, exhibiting prints from Dali, Matisse, Warhol and Picasso.

The successful celebrations, which delighted owner Richard Womack, were held as part of the village’s ‘Spring into Cranleigh’ day.

Visit www.mannsofcranleigh.co.uk