It’s farewell to historic clothes and shoes shop

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THERE was sadness but a sense of achievement as another business in Emsworth closed for the final time.

Marlene Barton, 59, served customers for the last time at Hutchins L&M in High Street.

Marlene Barton retires from running her shop L & M Hutchins of Emsworth.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14625-2)

Marlene Barton retires from running her shop L & M Hutchins of Emsworth.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14625-2)

It was the end of an era as shoes and clothes have been sold in the historic building for more than a century.

Marlene’s mother and father, Leonard and Marjorie Hutchins, bought the building in 1977.

Mr Hutchins had worked as a manager in the Corbins store at the same location beforehand. Before Corbins the shop was known as Ayling & Sons.

Mr and Mrs Hutchins died in 2010 within a week of each other, both in their 90s.

Marlene, who has worked in the shop since the age of seven, said: ‘It was a hard decision because it was mum and dad’s business.

‘I have met some really nice people.’