SARAH Millican has revealed the X-rated sales technique she once used to sell copies of the Gazette.
The South Shields funnygirl was talking about the jobs she did as a youngster in this week’s episode of the Sarah Millican Television Programme on BBC2, when she made the risque revelation.
Sarah, who is originally from Chichester, explained how she worked at WH Smith in King Street every Saturday from the ages of 16 to 21.
However, when men came in to buy adult magazines she would hide them inside the country’s oldest provincial newspaper.
She said: “Even at 16 I was pretty feisty. When a bloke would buy a porn magazine I wouldn’t offer him a bag. Instead they’d have to buy a Shields Gazette to hide their shame in.
“The manager came down one day and said ‘Since you started working here, sales of the Shields Gazette have shot up’.”
Sarah, 37, later introduced her dad Phil to the audience, via a videolink, and chatted about how she wanted to be either a stripper or a Cornish pixie as a youngster.
But then her old WH Smith boss, Ian Hudspith, appeared on the screen, with an edition of the Gazette in his hand.
To Sarah’s relief a train magazine fell out of its centre pages.
She laughed: “I just saw a magazine fall out there, I’m glad it’s a train magazine.”
The pair then chatted about their time working at the store, and Ian said Sarah was cheerful and very good with the customers.
He added: “The main thing that you were good at was making me a cup of coffee every Saturday morning, before you stuffed 500 supplements into newspapers.”
n The Sarah Millican Television Programme is screened every Tuesday on BBC2 at 10pm.