New premises for Trunch family garage after 25 years as both sons join the business
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A quarter of a century after couple Grenville and Julie Payne opened a garage in a converted Trunch chapel, their business has more than doubled.
Their two sons have joined the family trade, and with the business growing too big for the little chapel, new premises were built, to be launched on the 25th anniversary of Trunch Garage.
Mrs Payne, 53, works in a dementia home, but still does the garage book keeping, now in her new office in the Bradfield Road garage.
'When our sons joined we could take on so much more business and needed more space.
'The old place was tiny, you could only fit two cars in it.'
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'It is lovely in the new building. We haven't really advertised the fact we have moved but business has grown through word of mouth.'
They have seen Oasis band member Noel Gallagher walk through their doors, when his former wife Meg Mathews, whose parents live in Gimingham, was having her car fixed.
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The band also had a drink in Trunch Social Club, but Mrs Payne said she thought nothing of the visit as they have known Ms Mathews's family for years.
After growing up around cars, son Gavin, 28, joined his father in the little garage six years ago after a spell at Mercedes, and younger son Todd, 19, joined straight from school.
Gimingham-raised Mr Payne, 57, and his wife bought the garage for £17,500 in 1989 after spotting an advert in the EDP.
It had formerly been known as Bullen and Fuller, but had been empty for two years after its owners retired.
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