One high street shop shuts, another opens

Trisha Lightfoot of Flappers, Buckingham is retiring.'130427M-A012

Trisha Lightfoot of Flappers, Buckingham is retiring.'130427M-A012

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“We had the most fantastic day,” said the former owner of Flappers, Trisha Lightfoot, after the shop closed its doors for the last time on Saturday.

Mrs Lightfoot, aged 60, who is retiring after six years in the Buckingham High Street shop, added: “It was really like a party in there. I’d taken 18 bottles of fizzy prosecco in and we got through the lot.

“I got bouquets and cards and chocolates from customers. I was spoilt rotten. It was really very, very emotional.

“My living room looks stunnning, I’ve got so many beautiful flowers.”

Mrs Lightfoot’s fellow town treaders also gave her gifts.

She is now looking forward to “hopefully, a nice summer in the garden and some family time”, including seeing more of her children Stephanie and James and eight-week-old grandson Theodore.

And she said Flappers may return in the form of a pop-up shop nearer Christmas.

Willow Bank joinery, which has had a shop in Cornwall Place for five years, will reopen in the former Flappers tomorrow, Saturday.

Mrs Lightfoot said: “It was just a great opportunity with Willow Bank waiting to come to the High Street.

“It worked for both of us. It all fitted in perfectly, really.”