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'It's been such a big part of my life' - A Glossop institution is closing

Wains on Arundel Street in Glossop.

A shop which has become a Glossop institution is closing its doors at the end of this month for the final time.

Judith Moss has been running Wain Services on Arundel Street for more than 20 years.

She first started helping out there when she was just 13 years old and ended up taking it over 22 years ago, but now she says it is time to retire.

Judith told the Chronicle: "I have a long history with this shop. It’s been such a big part of my life. It’s such a shame to have to close it, but I can’t find anyone to take it over. I will be emotional on my last day though”.

Wain’s first opened its doors 50 years ago. It was run in 1971 by Marjorie and Ian Bradley.

Judith (pictured below) says: "I just want to thank them for giving me the chance to work here during my teenage years and for having the faith in me to take it over 22 years ago.”

She adds: “I’ve had so many lovely messages and overwhelming support on social media. People have also been dropping into the shop to wish me good luck. The response has been amazing.

“I’d like to thank all my staff and customers over the years, also my suppliers. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried. We’re almost like a big happy family”.

Judith is planning to sell off some surplus stock online and attend a few craft markets over the summer.

However, she reckons she will still have a great deal of art and craft sock which she’d like to give away to local groups.

She told us: "Any local Scouts, Guides or Brownies who could use craft supplies, please contact me. I’d like to donate some surplus stock to non-profit organisations to give something back to the local community which has supported me over the years”.

You can contact Judith by emailing wainservices@gmail.com 

A closer look inside Wains, which has all kinds of stationery 

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