Newsagents say a fond farewell after 25 years of daily service

Andrew Slater, Lynda Slater and Elaine Moorby have retired from The Paper Shop, in School Lane, Walton, after 25 years.

Andrew Slater, Lynda Slater and Elaine Moorby have retired from The Paper Shop, in School Lane, Walton, after 25 years.

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A couple who have run a newsagents for more than two decades are preparing for life on the other side of the counter.

Andrew and Lynda Slater owned The Paper Shop, on School Lane, Walton, for 25 years.

They also ran Walton Post Office, which sits next door, for 19 years.

But the pair decided to call it a day and opened for the last time on Saturday.

Mr Slater said: “It is the customers, staff and friends we’ve made that we will miss.

“A number of people have brought cards wishing us well. It has been staggering.”

The couple became owners of The Paper Shop in 1990 and took over the post office six years later.

They are looking forward to spending more time with their family and enjoying their favourite hobbies.

Mr Slater said: “I like my fishing and Lynda is a keen golfer. The job was very busy and we worked 364 days a year so we’ll be making the most of our free time.”

The couple have sold the business to Zubair Karolia, who owns post offices in Dewsbury and Hemsworth.

Walton Post Office has closed for refurbishments and it will reopen on Monday, March 16.

Staff member Elaine Moorby has also retired after 25 years.