VIDEO: Phyllis (92) shuts up shop after 52 years to enjoy retirement

IT was an “end of an era” and a “sad day” as residents turned out to wish two community stalwarts a fond retirement after 52 years of serving the village.

Phyllis Sanders (92) and her son Tony Sanders (65) first opened the doors to D H Sanders and Son General store on Aymer Drive, Thurcroft in 1962.

But last Friday (October 31) the hardworking newsagents served their last pick and mix and were greeted by neighbours who surprised them with flowers and cards.

Customer Tracey Moon (46) said it was “an end of an era” and the shop had been the hub of the community for years.

Tracey said: “I used to go in when I was tiny, they’ve served generations and seen so many people come and go.”

Sisters Tracey and Audra Moon, along with their daughters Alisha Moon (14) and Becky Price (9), visited to wish Phyllis and Tony a fond farewell.

The two young girls also handed over a bouquet of flowers and agreed they were sad the shop was closing.

Rotherham Advertiser circulation manager, Judy McHale, presented Phyllis and Tony with a bottle of champagne and flowers on behalf of the company to thank them for all their hard work and service.

Reporter Adele Forrest was also privileged to receive the last pick and mix made up by Phyllis in the store before the shutters were pulled down.