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De Bradlei Outlet Centre - Dover

Date: 23rd April 2013

De Bradlei Outlet Centre – Dover.

I’ve lived in this area now for 15 years and it was only last year that I set foot over the threshold of the Outlet Centre and was very pleasantly surprised at what was on offer for a fraction of the original cost.

I don’t have the kind of life style any more where I need dozens of outfits – unlike my newsreading days – but, being a woman, I love clothes. Now apart from a few bits and pieces, I ration myself to a lovely outfit for the Big Day of the Year for me which is the Battle of Britain Memorial Day – anyway it is an excuse to spoil myself.

So after leaving Capel I decided to pay the Centre a visit – it is large and airy, has a nice café, books at knockdown prices and all manner of clothing, millinery and footwear.

I was really spoiled for choice and eventually settled on a lovely Jacques Vert outfit. My pleasure was doubly enhanced when I went to pay for the dress, jacket and hat – having spent over a certain amount, the hat came free! I was helped by a delightful assistant called Sara and the whole shopping experience was a joy – loads of room, an assistant on call if you wanted something else and nothing too much trouble. It doesn’t bother me that the outfits are ‘last season’. I’ve never been a slavish follower of fashion preferring classic clothes and they hardly date. When I attended the Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury I wore a Gina Fratini highly tailored Velvet suit which I bought about 30 years ago. I was stopped twice on my way from the Carpark to the Cathedral and complemented on my outfit first by a man (with no ulterior motive!) and then by a woman. Over the years I’ve made loads of mistakes, paid a small fortune for something, worn it once and then given it away. Other outfits in which I feel comfortable and good I simply hang on to.

I might also use another excuse to spoil myself again when later this year I am going to Gibraltar for a few days. I’ve been invited to the renaming of the RAF HQ – it’s going to be named after René Mouchotte for this is where he and some friends landed after they’d escaped from Oran in North Africa, in a partially decommissioned plane.


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