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Fears Southwold’s independent traders being “hunted to extinction”

PUBLISHED: 10:12 05 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:09 05 September 2014

A butterfly listing the independent traders that have closed has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.

A butterfly listing the independent traders that have closed has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.

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A tribute to Southwold’s independent traders has appeared in the town centre.

A sign in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.A sign in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southwold.

A colourful butterfly listing the independent businesses that have closed in the town over the years has been put up in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop at 1 Market Place.

It is entitled “Butterfly of Southwold. Hunted to extinction.”

The shop closed recently after 37 years trading in Southwold after the rent on the premises more than doubled following a review, although the electrical contracting arm of the business is continuing to operate from Reydon with the same contact details.

The butterfly was created by business owners Melvin and Monica Crown, whose father Reginald launched the firm under the name Crown Electrical in 1977.

A photo of the late Reginald Crown has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southowld by his children Monica and Melvin.  The business has been forced to close after 37 years because of a rent increase.A photo of the late Reginald Crown has been put in the window of the former Eco Electrical shop in Southowld by his children Monica and Melvin. The business has been forced to close after 37 years because of a rent increase.

A picture of the late Reginald Crown is also in the window along with the words: “Reg Crown, a proud man who worked hard for Southwold

and its people. Some years ago he said there were plenty of roof tops but not enough people and if you let the big boys in the little ones don’t stand a chance, seems he was right. I’m so glad he’s not here to see what is happening to this town. Sorry dad, we tried.”

Mr Crown’s daughter Monica said it had been very difficult to leave Southwold after so long.

“It has been very difficult to close up and leave,” she said. “It was very emotional.

“The black and white photo is of my dad, who started the business nearly 40 years ago. I felt that something should be said really.

“We did it to just show what is happening in Southwold really.

“I have lived here most of my life and can remember what was here once and the amount of shops that have actually gone.”

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