09 May 2015 - Liberation Day 2015

This Saturday marks the 70th anniversary of the island's Liberation. To mark this important event, Hettich will be closed all day on Saturday 9th May.

When the island was first occupied in 1940, Hettich had already been established for 40 years. Hettich's Tony Chinn remembers that his grandfather and the shop's founder, Edwin Hettich still worked in the business along with his daughters. In those days, jewellers and watchmakers were often qualified opticians, and in many of the archive photographs of Hettich, you can see a sign in the form of glasses outside the shop.

This particular image shows Hettich during the Occupation with German soldiers looking in the window. Hettich continued to trade during the Occupation, but by Liberation Day only three silver hatpins remained in stock.