Fyfes newsagent closes - but you can still get your County Gazette in Wiveliscombe (From This is The West Country)
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Fyfes newsagent closes - but you can still get your County Gazette in Wiveliscombe
7:00am Saturday 11th January 2014 in News
PEOPLE in Wiveliscombe can still get their favourite weekly newspaper delivered to their door, despite the closure of a popular newsagent.
Fyfes, on North Street, closed suddenly last week but Martin Fyfe has branched out to continue his own home delivery service – including delivering your County Gazette.
Martin, 52, said: “The shop had a delivery service and an agreement with the postman to deliver further out but when this stopped and the shop wasn’t getting enough business I decided to take it on myself.
“I go out in my van in the mornings and drop the papers off in and around Wiveliscombe, including the Gazette.”
Martin ran the shop with his wife, Shirley, before the pair split up and decided the business could not carry on.
The store closed and is being emptied this week, in between Martin juggling delivering papers and his plumbing business.
He delivers to areas in Huish Moor, Chipstable, Waterrow, Lang-ley Marsh and Maundown.
Martin said: “Hopefully, it will go well and I can have a look at what areas I deliver to.
“I’m just going to stick to my van at the moment though; it’s too hilly for me but maybe in the summer!
“The idea is when I finish the round I do my plumbing job but it has been manic so far.”
One of Martin’s customers, Pauline Homeshaw, who lives in Maundown, said: “I’ve never been able to get the paper delivered before so it’s great that Martin has set this up – it makes it easier for us.
“We are certainly glad of Martin’s trip round here.”
To see if you can get the County Gazette or other newspapers delivered direct to your door, contact Martin on 01984-623365 or pop in to see him at 7 Stockers Close, Wiveliscombe.
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