Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uprooting. 123 Years On

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Uprooting. 123 Years On

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Byline: Karen Mclauchlan

A Teesside firm that has served the local community for more than 120 years is closing its doors for the final time this week.

Fred Humphreys garden centre and florists in Middlesbrough started trading in 1881.

But current boss Godfrey Humphreys, grandson of the business's founder Fred, has decided to retire, ending 123 years of trading by the family firm on Teesside.

The site, on The Avenue in Linthorpe, will check out of the local business scene at 4pm on Sunday.

"We're closing because I've decided to retire," said Mr Humphreys, who has worked for the company since joining his father George in the business as a teenager.

"With no one to pass the business on to, I've decided to call it a day."

The Linthorpe shop has been rebuilt twice in its history and in its very early days was a market garden also dealing in livestock.

It has continued to thrive as a florists and garden centre, selling everything from summer plants to Christmas trees - fighting off competition from the growth of out-of-town sites. …

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