End of an era for Newtongrange shop

Ovens Store closing, Newtongrange
Ovens Store closing, Newtongrange

EVERYTHING Must Go, the signs say.

The printed bills in the window of a Newtongrange shop suggest that it has succumbed to the economic downturn or the pressure of competition.

When Christine Cummings closes the shop doors for the final time next week, she can look back on a lifetime of serving the community.

She is the third generation of her family to run the Ovens’ hardware store in Main Street.

Locking the wrought-iron gates for the last time on July 21 will mark the end of the business’s 85-year existence.

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