Albrighton florists and greengrocers recognised for 50 years of service
A florists and greengrocers that has been a village fixture for 50 years has been recognised by a parish council.
Cartwrights Flowers and Greengrocers in Albrighton was set up back on November 18, 1968.
Up until very recently Margaret Cartwright, 83, who set up the shop, still operated the florists six days a week, with her daughter Jane in charge of the greengrocers.
The greengrocers had been the territory of Margaret's husband, Bryan, until he died in February 1998.
To mark Mrs Cartwright's contribution to the village, members of Albrighton Parish Council have presented her with a certificate expressing their thanks.
Mrs Cartwright said it had been "very emotional" to receive the recognition.
She said: "The high street has changed drastically from when we opened until today. It is not the same trading but it is a lovely village and people are so kind, and the comments I have received and cards have been overwhelming really.
"To think people do not take you for granted is wonderful."
Mrs Cartwright said her favourite flowers were tulips, and added: "It is a lovely trade to be in.
"Valentines Day is always a lovely day. Men are always very appreciative of what we have done for them. That is always a lovely day and when they come back and you see how happy they are.
"We still have some customers who were here 50 years ago."
Peter Woodman, chairman of Albrighton Parish Council, said they had wanted to recognise the contribution Cartwrights has made to the village.
He said: "We as a parish council recognised that after such long service in the village, over 50 years running such an excellent business, it was appropriate to make this presentation.
"Bearing in mind the parish council is concerned about the modern trend of closures of shops it is very good to see one that is successful and that has played such an important part in Albrighton for such a long time.
"They have made a wonderful contribution to the village over the past 50 years and we are all very thankful for what they have done."