"In 1938 Pickford, a general store at 15 Compstall Road, Romiley, began selling coach tickets alongside the baked goods, sweets and tobacco that made up the bulk of the business."

Owners Sam and Nellie Pickford had spotted a growing fashion for day trips to the seaside and countryside. This growing sideline was briefly curtailed by the war, but after resuming in 1947 became increasingly popular.

The Pickfords’ travel business grew during the package holiday boom of the 1950s and 60s, when a week's holiday to Corsica, Sardinia or the Costa Brava started coming within reach of the average family. The business became a limited company in 1962 and was re-named S&N Pickford (Romiley) Ltd. as a nod to Sam and Nellie, who had first seen the potential of travel sales. Day-to-day running of the company was now in the hands of their daughter Marjorie and her husband Ian.

In 1969 Marjorie and Ian were joined by daughter Alison and son-in-law Alan, who worked alongside them until their retirement in 1990. Over that period the company evolved from selling package holidays to specialising in tailor-made and business travel. Alison and Alan Skirvin continue to run the family business and were joined by youngest daughter Zara in 2008. They are accompanied by a loyal team of staff, many of whom have been with the company for over a decade. 

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