IN 1960 John F Kennedy announced that he would stand for president of the United States, Elvis Presley returned to America after two years' national service, Penguin Books was cleared of obscenity charges after publishing D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover ....and the Singer Shop in Huntingdon High Street had a new boss. Patrick Moore (not the star gazer but a star at repairing sewing machines) took over the shop, first as a manager and then from 1980 as its owner. The shop sells items you do not see everywhere, including stocking suspenders and bra extenders as well as patterns, threads, fabric and trimmings. But next month the shop will close, ending 100 years of serving the people of Huntingdon and marking the retirement of Mr Moore, just as he reaches 81-years-old. Mr Moore's knowledge of sewing machines goes from the treadle (a machine set in an oak table where you generate the power by rocking a small platform under the machine with your foot) to the modern Singers worked by a computer. He started working for the Singer company in Cambridge in 1954. He moved to the city from London after being demobbed from the RAF in 1949 - his parents, sister and three brothers had moved to Cambridge during the war.