Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Won't Let This Blaze Spoil All of Our Hard Work. Shopkeepers' Vow to Customers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Won't Let This Blaze Spoil All of Our Hard Work. Shopkeepers' Vow to Customers

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

DEVASTATED business owners today vowed it would be business as usual for faithful customers after a fire destroyed a shopping parade.

As reported, a row of shops on Durham Lane in Eaglescliffe, known locally as Orchard Shops, was devastated by fire in the early hours of Saturday.

The blaze, which took 40 firefighters several hours to extinguish, left business owners counting the cost of the charred remains of their premises.

But Eaglescliffe Pharmacy owner Paul Burrell, hairdresser Diana Khan and bookmaker Neil Chisholm today assured customers - some of whom have been loyal for more than 44 years - it would be business as usual.

Paul, 50, is continuing to provide a collection and delivery service for those who rely on it for their medication.

Mr Burrell, who has been running the chemist's for 15 years, said: "I'm trying to provide some sort of ordering, collection and delivery service to my regular customers with the kind help of Sunningdale Pharmacy.

"Other than that, at the moment, there's not a lot I can do. We are just waiting for a call from the landlords with regards to what's going to happen. I'm hoping to relocate but where to, I wouldn't know. I think it still hasn't sunk in yet; I've had so much to do."

At the moment, the chemist is giving people the option of ordering their medicines for delivery or for collection at Sunningdale Pharmacy.

Patients wanting to do this should call 01642 782676, ensuring they have all their personal details to hand.

Diana Khan, 66, was also devastated to learn Hair Fayre - a business she set up at Orchard Shops 44 years ago - had been destroyed - immediately after returning from a week's holiday in Tenerife.

She vowed to continue serving her customers, some of whom she served in a Stockton salon, before they followed her to Orchard Shops.

"You can imagine I was absolutely devastated when I heard," she said.

"I'd just switched my telephone on at Newcastle Airport and it rang at turned three in the morning. When I looked it was one of my members of staff and I knew something was wrong. I've just cried all weekend."

Diana also has a salon in Yarm behind Santoro's restaurant and is encouraging her regular customers at Orchard Shops to go there. …

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