Couple hang up their store keys

A Bluntisham couple waved goodbye to their family store this week after an association lasting 52 years. Tony Rowell, 75, and wife Gill, 73, bought Bluntisham Stores, on the High Street, from a family member in 1955 and have been part of the community eve

A Bluntisham couple waved goodbye to their family store this week after an association lasting 52 years.

Tony Rowell, 75, and wife Gill, 73, bought Bluntisham Stores, on the High Street, from a family member in 1955 and have been part of the community ever since.

The shop, which sells a wide variety of goods, was once famous for its supply of ice skates - which were used when nearby Bury Fen was frozen over. Children could swap their skates in the shop for the next size up every year.

The Rowells were still delivering groceries to the people of Bluntisham up until last weekend, but say that the time is right to let the store go.

Mr Rowell said: "We would like to thank everybody for their support over the years and we wish everyone the very best for the future".

The shop is due to re-open under new management on Thursday.

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