VIDEO: Sheffield shoppers take refuge in ‘Man Shed’

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GROWN men, long-suffering and weary from Christmas shopping, escaped to their own ‘man shed’ in the middle of Meadowhall this week.

The giant ‘shed’ – outside Marks & Spencer – featured comfy chairs, a PlayStation, foosball table, Scalextric and cold beer.

Jon Davies, Lawrence Taylor and Alex Gillespie enjoy the 'Man Shed' at Meadowhall shopping centre.
Jon Davies, Lawrence Taylor and Alex Gillespie enjoy the 'Man Shed' at Meadowhall shopping centre.

“It’s like a husband-crêche,” said Tom Hemmingway from Crabbies Ginger Beer, who sponsored the event.

“Women can drop off their grumbling husbands and boyfriends to have a drink, play some games and recharge their batteries.

“Everybody knows us guys don’t have the tolerance for shopping that women have – we need this.”

Martin Orton, of Barnsley, thought it was a great idea. “This could have saved me a lot of headaches on past trips,” said the 38-year-old, who stopped into the shed for a cold beer and a few rounds of Scalextric.

“I have my limit when it comes to shopping, short bursts work best for me, so this is a perfect idea. They need to make this a permanent thing.”

His wife Lara, 29, agreed: “Martin hates clothes shopping, so this is the perfect place to leave him for a bit while I shop in peace.”

Nicola Bates, of Sheffield, thought the idea could catch on: “My husband has a time limit too – a couple of hours and he’s done. A quick pitstop here would be just the thing.

“I could drop him off on my way into M&S and pick him up again on the way back out.”

 

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