A RETIRING couple were given a surprise farewell at the weekend after running a local convenience store for nearly two decades.
Margaret and Barry Turner, both 66, were laden with flowers, chocolates and cards by around 30 residents on Saturday, as the shop’s loyal customers wanted to say thank you.
Mrs Turner, who owned Treneere Stores, Penzance, along with her husband, for 18 years, said she had no idea anything was arranged and went about her routine as normal on the day - though she did say she had been baking pasties for people who came in as a goodbye gift.
“I was just doing things as normal really,” she said. “I was completely overwhelmed by it all - we were very surprised. It was a lovely thing for everyone to do. It’s great that they cared so much.
“We went outside at the end of the day and there were so many people there with cards and gifts, and everyone gave me hugs and kisses.
“We both got a pair of leather gloves too, which was really nice.”
Mrs Turner said she and her husband moved down from the Midlands 18 years ago after viewing the shop while on holiday and “going for it”. Mr Turner, who took on a more admin-based role, said the couple had had some good times while there.
“It was very kind of them [residents], really nice” he said.
He added he was now “getting used to a new way of life”, but said he is looking forward to not having to deal with the pressures of running a business, or placing lots of orders.
“Of course there are always ups and downs - but I really enjoyed it,” he said.
The pair said they are now looking forward to seeing some more of Cornwall and are hoping to go on holiday some time soon.
Hannah Jeckells was one of the organisers of the surprise and said it was “absolutely fantastic”.
“We all hid behind the shop and jumped out to surprise them,” she said. “They said the estate was like their second family. It was lovely. We just wanted to say thank you.”