Husband and wife duo Brenda and Perry Punter have brought the curtain down after more than three decades of working at Village News in Codnor.
Thirty-seven years to the day after they first stood behind the counter at the popular Mill Lane newsagents, the pair spent their final hours at the store – 17 years later than originally planned.
Brenda, 70, spoke of her love for the shop and the memories that she had made over the years there.
She said: “I fell in love with the store from day one when I started working their 37 years ago.
“It felt right buying it ten years later with my husband Perry. I really do love the place, it holds special memories.
“We’ve had some emotional times over the years, some good and some bad. We’ve stood and cried with customers at their lowest and laughed and smiled with them at their highest.
“It’s been a pleasure, privilege and an honour to serve the people of Codnor who are some of the most wonderful people you could ever meet.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped over the years, especially Jayne Patrick who has been with us since 1989 and Nicola Purdy. We owe you both our grateful and lasting thanks.”
The couple found out by chance that the store had family connections for much longer than they had originally thought.
Retiring husband Perry said: “When we purchased the shop we were looking through the documents and we were amazed to discover that the building was built by my great, great grandfather in 1886.
“We didn’t know it was in the family previously at all.
“It’s sad to finally call an end to things, but it’s been brilliant over the years. We’ve got so many flowers and cards you’d think we were a florist!”
The business is now up for sale.