Wisbech shopkeeper calls it a day after 65 years

Wisbech Wool Shop, Union Place. Brenda Davies (right) who is handing over to Linda Univer after 64 years working at the shop ANL-150122-141451009
Wisbech Wool Shop, Union Place. Brenda Davies (right) who is handing over to Linda Univer after 64 years working at the shop ANL-150122-141451009

One of Fenland’s longest-serving shopkeepers is looking forward to a good yarn in her retirement after 65 years of running a wool shop.

Brenda Davies (79) paid a huge thank you to all her loyal customers over the years when she handed over the reins of Wisbech Wool Shop earlier this month.

Mrs Davies, who lives in Wisbech, started working at the shop in Union Street, just off the Market Place, when she was just 15-years-old.

Her parents owned it at the time and ran it as a gift shop, but it was when she took it over at the age of 20 that she started stocking wool and made it what it is today.

She said: “I have had an amazing time at the shop, and met some wonderful people . I will miss everyone but it feels great to have retired as I can do what I want now.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all my customers over the years, they have been very loyal. I hope they will still continue to enjoy the shop.”

Mrs Davies, who volunteers at the Arthritis Club meetings at the Rosmini Centre by making tea, is looking forward to spending more time with her partner Ken Stevens in her retirement, as well as son David King and all her grandchildren.

“It will also be nice to go on holiday, and spend time doing lots of things I enjoy such as cooking, knitting and sewing,” she said.

Mrs Davies has handed the business over to Wisbech resident Linda Univer, who will be joined by current shop employees Gillian Granger and Brenda Titmarsh.

Ms Univer said: “The business had been on the market for a while, and like a lot of people, I didn’t want to see it close so I thought I’d take it on. I’m really looking forward to continuing to serve the many loyal customers that it has built up over the years.”