BHS staff dance, cheer and raise a glass as shutters come down for final time


BHS staff danced their way out of the business as stores across the UK closed at the weekend.

Twenty of the department stores opened for business for the final time on Saturday, affecting 580 staff, and a further 30 shops will shut on July 30, impacting another 700 employees.

Staff inside the Stirling branch linked arms and swung each other around as they performed Scottish country dancing accompanied by a bagpiper.

Background signs reading "Everything must go" and "Store closing" were the only indication that the convivial atmosphere was a farewell occasion.

Meanwhile, staff in the Peterborough store counted down loudly and cheered as the shop's shutters were lowered for the final time.

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In Truro, BHS employees posed outside the store with their glasses raised in the air.

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Other staff whose stores are due to close posted similarly encouraging messages.

More than 11,000 employees are set to lose their jobs after the high street chain collapsed into administration in April.

BHS had 164 stores prior to its collapse. Staff across the remaining stores will be formally notified later on Monday that their jobs are going into redundancy consultation, with all stores to be closed by August 20.

Staff leave the BHS store with goods bought on a discount (Nick Ansell/PA)
(Nick Ansell/PA)

Fiona Thomson, who worked at Stirling's BHS store, said she had "loved every single minute" of the six years she had been employed by the high street chain.

She said: "On behalf of myself and my co-workers we have enjoyed working for BHS, it is a family and we are all proud to be part of it. We honestly didn't want to go.

"Thank you to all our customers for their support especially over the last few weeks. Onwards and upwards: what's for us won't go by us."