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Norfolk newsagent and shop to close after 47 years

Newlands in Stalham is closing at the end of the month. Pictures: David Bale

Newlands in Stalham is closing at the end of the month. Pictures: David Bale

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A fixture in a Norfolk market town for 47 years, Newlands in Stalham High Street is closing at the end of the month.

Newlands in Stalham is closing at the end of the month. Pictures: David BaleNewlands in Stalham is closing at the end of the month. Pictures: David Bale

Customers have expressed their sadness at the news on social media and memories of the newsagent and store, where most of the stock is now reduced, have been pouring in.

Owner Gillian Kidd has thanked customers and staff for their support over the years and said: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce Newlands will be closing on January 31.

“Since Ivan passed away in 2016 I have tried to keep the business going with the help of my loyal staff. However, the day to day running of the shop is now too much for me and I have been unsuccessful in selling the business.

“I am working with another local business that will take over our newspaper rounds from Sunday, January 20 ensuring our paper customers will continue to receive their delivery each morning.

“Saturday, January 19 will be the last day we will be selling papers in the shop. All paper customers will receive a letter within the next week to confirm the new paper provider.”

Valerie Hughes, formerly Warnes, worked on Saturdays and holidays at Newlands in the 1970s, when she was still at school.

She said: “We had to total all newspaper prices in our head before ringing it up on the cash register, each type of item had to be rung in under a specific code. We had to work out mentally and count out the change.

“Very few paid by card. If they did, we had to slide it through a machine with carbon copy paper in it, but we did take cheques - slow and laborious to write out.

“The tills were checked each night by Mr Kidd and, woe betide if we were over £1 out. These were the days when 1ps and 2ps and £1 notes were in circulation.

“The street was two-way traffic then. When I started I was paid 40p per hour - £3.20 for an eight-hour day.”

What are your memories of Newlands? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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