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Message started by Phil_Thomas on Jan 31st, 2012 at 12:59pm

Title: The End of An Era !
Post by Phil_Thomas on Jan 31st, 2012 at 12:59pm
The RRA have received the following from Graham Kiang of Riddlesdown:

Today, Monday 30th January 2012 marks the end of an era.  This is the last day of Peter and Trish Saban’s management of the newsagents in the Mitchley Avenue parade of shops.  The newsagents and Mace grocers were opened by Trish’s parents, Jean and Glen Edwards, in 1972, and Peter and Trish took over the newsagents almost 30 years ago.  And so the business finally passes from the Edwards family.

P&P Saban Newsagents has been at the hub of the Riddlesdown area for all these years.  The shop was the place in which to meet other members of the community.   It was always a pleasure to shop there, to be exposed to a joke, a bit of abuse, a kiss and a pinch from Peter (he was friendly to the women customers too!).  And which red-blooded male could have been immune to Trish’s charms!  The Trish Saban Fan Club held regular meetings there.

This gorgeous couple were generous to a fault, and contributed so much to village life.  They often visited and delivered goods to infirm and elderly neighbours.  Their newspaper boys and girls seem to do better than average at school and in later life, and it has been gratifying to see them return for a chat once they have got to university and beyond.   Generations of Riddlesdown Collegiate pupils have passed through the shop: new pupils were taught to behave or they wouldn’t get in; sixth formers were treated like adults.

Customers may not appreciate just how hard it is to be a small shopkeeper, requiring relentless hard work and long hours.  Over the years, the Sabans have faced increasing competition from the supermarkets, and had to endure high-handed treatment from the newspaper wholesalers.  Peter was the victim of a vicious assault in an attempted robbery, and we’re all content that his attackers certainly did not get the better of him!  We all need to appreciate how important it is to have successful local shops, and I wish the new owners well.

With a bit of luck, we will continue to have the pleasure of seeing Peter and Trish in the area as they enjoy a well-earned retirement and life of comparative leisure.  Please join me in wishing them the very best of health, good fortune and all happiness.

Graham Kiang

PS  Would anyone else like to post further messages of good luck, thanks, etc ?

Title: Re: The End of An Era !
Post by Trevor on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 9:00am
got to wish them both the best of luck for the future!

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