Shropshire Star

Village greengrocers to close up shop after 54 years selling fruit and flowers

A beloved village shop that has kept Shropshire stocked with fresh fruit and flowers for over 50 years will close this month.

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Cartwrights in Albrighton will close at the end of June. Pictured: Jayne Houghton and Mike Pitchford from Albrighton And District Civic Society with shop staff and civic society members

Cartwrights Flowers and Greengrocers in Albrighton was set up back on November 18, 1968, by couple Margaret and Bryan Cartwright.

More than half a century later, at the end of June this year the familiar sight of flowers and fruit will disappear from its home at 14 High Street as the second-generation greengrocer looks forward to retirement.

The couple's daughter, Jayne Houghton, 63, has been running the greengrocer since her father died in 1998. Until 2019, Margaret - then in her 80s - continued to operate the florists six days a week.

In 2019 the 'village fixture' was rewarded by the parish council for 50 years of service to the town.