Mayor of Whittlesey cuts ribbon to open Alice’s Fruit Sales
MAYOR of Whittlesey Councillor Derek Stebbing cut the ribbon and officially opened the newly refurbished shop which Neil Watson was locked out of three years ago.
Loyal customers flocked to Alice’s Fruit Sales on Wednesday morning and were queuing up outside the High Causeway shop ready to buy from the wide selection of top quality fruit and vegetables.
For Neil the occasion brought with it many mixed emotions after his battle over the lease which resulted in him taking legal proceedings and trading from other less suitable premises in the town.
“It is absolutely fantastic to be back but it has been hell and I have many mixed feelings over what has happened. We just want to move on and hope people will continue to support us in he way they have during the past three years, they have been very good and the staff have worked really hard.”
Cllr Stebbing was full of admiration for Neil and the fact that he never gave up the fight to get back into his original premises.
You may also want to watch:
He said: “I think it is brilliant and it is also good for Whittlesey. It has been a long fight for him and the council has been behind him all the way. We are over the moon with the way it has turned out for him.”
Neil was locked out of the premises when Kwik Save shut up shop in 2007 and despite having a valid lease he was denied entry to the building. However, what people did not bargain for was his determination and the loyalty of customers.
- 1 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman in her 70s
- 2 Police forensics team begin search after death of woman in her 70s
- 3 Two boys, aged 12 and 14, arrested after 3am service station burglary
- 4 Pervert filmed himself having sex with girl, 14, and then shared video online
- 5 Epic escape fail for ‘armed thieves’ who crashed car into ditch
- 6 Villagers 'clap for Dr Nik' to celebrate mayoralty victory
- 7 Prison sentence for man who brutally attacked his partner
- 8 Dr Nik 'over the moon' after pulling off shock Labour victory
- 9 Tory jubilation short-lived in Fenland as they lose control of county council
- 10 Defeated mayor on 'incredible' and 'some truly awful' people he met
The things which have continued to draw the customers in are friendly service, the quality produce and the high percentage of English produce, much of it grown in the Fens.
He said: “The difference between us and the supermarkets is their stuff has travelled around the country for a week before it even gets on the shelves.”