How long has Addiscombe Dry Cleaners been
trading in Addiscombe?
How long have you owned the business?
27 Years since 1984
What goods/services do you offer?
We undertake Dry Cleaning, repairs and alterations of all personal items such as coats, suits, dresses etc. as well as household goods such as curtains cushion covers and settee covers. We also clean evening and bridal wear. We offer a laundry service and an ironing service and have a carpet/upholstery cleaning machine for hire.
We also have a first class shoe repair service.
Describe what it was like when you grew up
I came to England from Cyprus when I was twelve years old to join my mum and dad who came to England a couple years earlier, leaving me behind with my sister to finish the Greek junior school. With no knowledge of English at all I went straight into the bottom class of the
2nd year at Kennington County Secondary School for Boys. My school was about a mile and a quarter from home, no school runs in those days, dad left home for work at 5.00 am and mum at 7.00 am. I had to get up and get ready and walk to school. I would walk back home for lunch to save my 50p per week dinner/pocket money to go towards my portable reel to reel tape recorder(£25.00 in those days). Early school days were difficult as you can imagine. A Saturday job in a fruit and veg. shop in the Brixton arcade helped tremendously with the language. I left school at eighteen and then went to Derby College of Art and Technology to do a three year course in Textile Design and Technology hence the connection with Dry Cleaning.
Describe the house you live in
What do you like most about Addiscombe?
I love the community spirit. Considering the diverse backgrounds of its residents Addiscombe still has that village community feel.
What would you like to change in Addiscombe?
I would like to stem the growth of the food take-away shops and keep a more diverse range of shops.
What do you do when not running Addiscombe Dry Cleaners?
I love my garden and I spend a lot of time in it.
You may not know it but I am rather good at…..
Having a snooze on the couch after dinner on Sunday afternoon.
You may not know it but I am no good at….
I dream of…?
Getting a little home back in Cyprus (when I retire) so that I can spend more time with my sisters and brother.
Describe yourself in 5 words......
Motivated, hard working, good listener, helpful, a thinker,