Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Does anyone remember what it was like on Friday's when the wages staff came around where you worked and you were handed a small buff coloured envelope with your name and works number on it? Not only was Friday the best day of the week being the one before two days off, it was also 'pay day'. How great did it feel when you had that small brown envelope in your hands? I can remember the sheer anticipation of prising open the very sticky glue and with two fingers reaching inside to slide out the crisp notes. Not so long after I started work everyone went over to bank-transfers to receive their salaries and they phased out the wages round, I suppose it was safer to have the money always in the bank instead of having security firms delivering tons of money here and there and everywhere all over our towns. I've never forgotten though that feeling of holding the real money you had just earned that week by your toil for the engines of industry, it was exciting. Sometimes there wasn't as much inside the packet as you had reckoned you would receive, fluctuating tax deductions or pay-docked for lateness etcetera. The best pay-days were when you were taking your annual leave the next week and then your pay-packet would be thick and bulging with an extra fortnights money for your holiday. How brilliant it was to have your wad of cash and the excitement of a whole two weeks ahead of you with no work!