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Goodbye after 40 years at helm for Bishopstone shop owner

Looking forward to her first holiday in 40 years - Linda Wallraven with successor Tom Saunders.

Looking forward to her first holiday in 40 years - Linda Wallraven with successor Tom Saunders.

The owner of the village shop in Bishopstone, who has not had a holiday for 40 years, will retire on Saturday June 14.

Linda Wallraven, 64, said she was looking forward to heading down to the West Country during September for a long weekend with friends.

But she said her work as a town councillor and organising charity events in Bishopstone would still be keeping her busy.

Linda said: “I do like getting involved and helping out with local things. I won’t be bored.”

She started the business with Peter and Janet Wright, 40 years ago.

Initially it was a general store but today it has changed into a newsagents, selling a little bit of everything.

The store will continue to run under the management of Tom Saunders, who has covered for Linda so will be a familiar face to locals.

Although Linda has already offered to help out with holiday cover if Tom needs it.

Linda said: “I went for a hip replacement back in February and I have never had a holiday in 40 years.

“I always say it’s different when you’re working for yourself than when you are working for someone else.

“I would have hated to have closed the shop because it is part of the community.

“I am going to miss it and I will miss the people.”

Linda is also the chair of Bishopstone Parish Hall and of the Willett Trust.

She helps to organise events such as the popular Bishopstone May Fair.

 

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