It’s the end of an era for sub postmaster of Laxey post office Stephen Emms and his wife Jenny who have retired after running the business for more than 30 years.
The business in the heart of the village in New Road included a newsagents and Isle of Man Newspapers and wholesalers G.E. White’s thanked the dedicated couple for their hard work with a crystal whisky decanter set.
In a joint statement, the couple, who are both 63 and live in Laxey, said: ’We have enjoyed being in business together, being of service to the lovely Laxey village community as post office/ newsagents and have made some good friends over our time there.
’Many thanks for all the loyal support received by friends and previous customers.’
It continues: ’We feel privileged to live in such a beautiful island and are looking forward to having more time to be out and about enjoying it in the coming months.’
The couple bought the business in 1986 and enjoyed the challenge of carrying out a complete refit and adding new lines, so much so it gained a reputation as an Aladdin’s cave.
They witnessed a huge amount of change in the industry over the years - including the introduction of a computer to replace their paper ledgers.
For the past nine years, their customers enjoyed the company of rescue dog Rolo, a terrier cross who was an important member of the team.
Jenny said: ’Rolo will miss all the fuss he enjoyed at the shop but will enjoy the extra walks we can give him from now on.’
The couple passed on their best wishes to their successor, Mary Palmer.