Son helps recreate mum’s famous city centre displays

Hedley Bishop and Maggie Maw
Hedley Bishop and Maggie Maw
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FOR years Maggie Maw dressed the windows at Castle House.

Her efforts and those of creative colleagues brought a ray of sunshine to one of Sheffield’s busiest shopping areas.

But the area around the Co-op fell into decline.

From the Castle Market to Fitzalan Square and as far as Angel Street, a once vibrant part of the city centre became increasingly run down.

But the beautifully dressed windows continued to provide an oasis of colour among the drab grey crumbling concrete.

Castle House closed and the once eye-catching windows have been empty ever since.

But now they’re set to make a comeback – thanks to Maggie’s son Hedley Bishop.

Hedley, aged 40, a nurse, from Woodseats, teamed up with friend Jim Lambert last year to create Facebook site Pictures of Sheffield Old and New and now boasts almost 3,000 members who have contributed more than 11,000 pictures.

Hedley and Jim will display a selection of the pictures – donated by both amateurs and professionals – in the window his mother dressed so well from the early 1960s until the mid ’70s, opening on Sunday.

Maggie, 65, said: “I worked in the Co-op during its heyday. Ernest Addy, who of course we always called Mr Addy, was our boss and he was a very creative man.

“Every window was a blank canvas and it was our job to bring it alive. You’d start with a pile of stock and try to create something lovely.

“I particularly liked working with fabrics and also on Santa’s grotto. Seeing the looks on children’s faces when they first saw it made it even more enjoyable.

“Great days were when the Co-op was like a little village where everyone knew each other and worked together to make it the place to be.

“It’s sad to see it as it is today, but hopefully Hedley’s exhibition will help brighten the area up again.”