At Granny’s sweet shop

BULLS-eyes, liquorice sticks and lemon sherbets, generations of Wisbech schoolchildren bought their sweets from Granny Smith s shop. Ann Rebecca Smith was 85 and the town s oldest shopkeeper when this picture was taken in 1955. She was serving pupils f

BULLS-eyes, liquorice sticks and lemon sherbets, generations of Wisbech schoolchildren bought their sweets from 'Granny' Smith's shop.

Ann Rebecca Smith was 85 and the town's oldest shopkeeper when this picture was taken in 1955.

She was serving pupils from Ramnoth Road School with their favourite sweets.

Ten hours a day, six days a week, for more than 40 years, Granny served customers at her general store in Elizabeth Terrace.

After the death of her husband she was persuaded to turn the front room of her house into a shop. When the shop at number 46 became vacant she bought it.

She had no help in the shop and did all the book keeping, buying and serving herself.

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She kept the shop going during the Second World War when times were tough, boasting she sold everything from a pint to a broom handle.