Published: 30/07/2023 By Allan Fuller
I have to blame someone, so for this it is my father. He was a surveyor, summer school holiday when I was 15 he told me it’s no longer the time for you sitting around the house making plastic kits of cars and planes. I’ve found you a holiday job through someone I know who is a director of an estate agency, you start Monday at Hawes & Co in East Sheen.
That is where it all started, I was as an Office Boy making tea for everyone, printing brochures on a ghastly wet ink duplication machine and doing the post.
The one thing I could never master was the telephone switchboard which could transfer calls between people, you might think it easy, but the illustration I have found should prove you wrong! The process involved pulling wires in and out and I managed to get is wrong most of the time!
The mail part I enjoyed was at the end of the week getting a brown envelope with a whole Five Pounds in it! I lasted 5 weeks, and thought that would be the end of my time working in estate agency.