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Adult cereal and leg of salmon.

Meandering into the Northgate branch of Gloucester’s Sainsbury some years ago, this friendly supermarket unlike it’s big faceless brother on the other side of town, catered for the city centre folk. Not exactly ‘trolley full big spenders’ but loyal nevertheless.

It was obvious from the quaver in her voice that this was Tracie’s first ‘go’ on the tannoy to announce the deal of the day. She was approaching it with all the trepidation of an ‘x’ factor finalist. Speaking to her mum that morning she said she was a little nervous, more accurately she said ” Oooer Mam am bricking it!” “Oh you’ll be alright our Trace “, her Mum said back reassuring the poor thing by saying ” no one listens to that stuff anyway”.

You could hear her breathing before her first big lines, supplied no doubt by the manager with a sly wink at his colleagues he handed the script to Trace and said, as if the script was perfectly normal: Don’t forget the bit about “Thank you for shopping at Sainsbury”

Going for it big time the announcement commenced, Trace’s voice was perfectly modulated until the last three words of the main script:

“Today’s special offer is Leg of Salmon”

and then, with some off mike sounds in the background and barely a whisper ” Thank you for shopping at Sainsbriz”

Leg of Salmon was delivered with just a little lack of confidence. I noticed it and burst out laughing. No one else really took it in, some of Gloucester’s population may well be under the misapprehension that leg of salmon exists, but the manager and script writer were perfectly aware of what they’d done to the script. As he passed me with a broad grin on his face I asked him if he could direct me to the salmon in question. ” It’ll make a change from browsing through the adult cereal ” I told him. ” Did you find anything ‘special’?” he asked me still sniggering.

“Well nothing as special as leg of salmon” I replied.


This is a true story, just some names have been changed to protect the innocent.
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Leg of salmon…my personal fave!

    October 31, 2016
  2. Goes well with fish fingers.

    October 31, 2016
  3. Lovely that people can still have fun at work😊 Everywhere is so PC today a lot of that has gone. My juniors look at me with shock and horror when I explain that it used to be traditional to get ambushed by the nurses and dunked in a bath of brown antiseptic on your last day of house jobs. Now they hardly know each other’s names. 😔

    October 31, 2016
  4. I’m not really that keen on practical jokes being the victim of some pretty grim ones when at school ‘you know where’ including dismantling my bed completely and reassembling the dormitory as if I did not exist. Funny now, not then. This was however of another less hurtful level, hopefully.

    October 31, 2016

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