Mike Connolly lead the Manchester Tiffanys management chase into Tommy Ducks to catch a handbag thief……..

Jean Charnock sent us this the following story about her days at Manchester Ritz and the occasion when Mike Connolly lead the Manchester Tiffanys management chase into Tommy Ducks to catch a handbag thief.

Hi – I  started working at the Ritz Ballroom in the seventies as assistant chief cashier to Jean Dawe who was Chief Cashier, then transferred to Tiffanys as Chief Cashier.Mike Connolly was Manager while I was there and I would like to know how he’s doing these days.

Judy Gee was also Manager for a spell,I could tell a few tales but better not – and yes – she was was hard work.

I remember an old cleaner called Winnie Harrison who had been at Tiffany’s during the Jimmy Saville days and he used to take them round the block in his fancy car.

One day after leaving work and heading up George St my bag was snatched with the safe keys in. I ran back into Tiffany’s, Mike and DJ Steve Jones came running out half undressed as they had been getting ready for the evening.

We all ran in the direction of Tommy Ducks as that was where the young hooligan had ran. A police car came and my bag was recovered intact.

A long way back now.

Great memories Jean – many thanks for sharing



  1. Michael Connolly

    22nd April 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Yes Pat was at the Ritz when Brian Thompson was manager around 1976

  2. Lorraine Scholes

    22nd April 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Hi there, just been reading a few of these comments about The Ritz back in the days you were all there. Do any of you remember “Pat the Hat”? She worked on the door – front of house – in top hat and tails?? Thanks, Lorraine

  3. Michael Connolly

    22nd April 2013 at 9:14 am

    We were all at Tiffany’s at the time, great times mainly because of the lovely people I worked with and Jean was one of them a lots of Chief Cashiers were dragons at the time but not Jean as well as being stunning she was very good at here job and a very nice girl, thanks for the memories Jean would also like to know how you are doing I am on Facebook as Mike Connolly.

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