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At 9 am this morning [30.9.21], the Blakes handed the keys of their shop and home back to Mr Michael Mcguigan, and an era came to an end. The shop has closed, the shelves are empty, its beating heart is still.

We thank the family for their contribution to village life, and to the essential services they performed for all of use, whilst the shop was in their care – not the least of which was the key role they played during the pandemic, when so many depended on their ever open door, their well stocked shelves, and their willing deliveries to those who had to isolate. As Churchill almost said – ” Never was so much, owed by so many, to so few!”

We wish them well in their new life in Bowsden.

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