Jan steps down from shoe shop role

Jan Rawson is retiring from Clarks Shoes store in Wellingborough's Swansgate Centre after nearly 30 years of service.
Jan Rawson is retiring from Clarks Shoes store in Wellingborough's Swansgate Centre after nearly 30 years of service.

After almost 30 years of measuring little feet she’s become very well known in the community, but on Thursday Jan Rawson will sell her last pair of shoes at Clarks before she retires.

She’ll be at the shoe shop in Wellingborough’s Swansgate Centre from 1pm until 5pm on Thursday, April 11, and customers are invited to pop in to say farewell.

After beginning her career at the store as a temp in 1984, when it was still the Clarks’ owned James Baker store, she was soon appointed assistant manager, a position she held for 23 years until she started to cut back her hours six years ago.

News of her decision to retire will no doubt upset some customers and her colleagues.

Co-worker Eloise Abbott said: “She will be very missed. Since she reduced her hours people come in and ask for her.”

In recent years, many of the mums who have taken their children in to have their feet measured also had their feet measured by Jan when they were young.

Jan, 65, of Wellingborough, said: “I’ve seen a lot of changes. Now it’s a computerised measuring system, while the old system used to be electronic.

“The shoes used to be quite traditional, but now they have moved with the times.

“I will miss the people. I can go on holiday and see people who say, there’s the lady from the Clarks shop.”