The sign in the window read:

“Dear Customers

I am closing down the shop on the 25th December. Due to the family situation, I’ve to take that extra step, to spend more time with my family in the future and there-fore I’ve to help my husband with his work as his secretary.

I want to say thank you ever so much for all the big support off all my local customers and I feel so sorry to let you all down.

We wish everybody a lovely X-mas and all the best for the future.

Sabine Issard-Davies”