Family says farewell to Horncastle High Street after 103 years

Graham and Flo Moore taking the keys from former owner Bill Aron
Graham and Flo Moore taking the keys from former owner Bill Aron

One hundred and three years after his ancestors opened a family business, Bill Aron has locked up Houldens Newsagents for the last time.

Mr Aron, a town and county councillor, has decided to sell the business to dedicate his time to serving the local community in his elected role.

Graham and Florence Moore took over Houldens on Sunday morning and Mr Aron assured the News the store is in safe hands.

“I’m very pleased that Graham and Flo are taking over the store,” Mr Aron said. “I want to wish them all the best.

“I was hoping one of my children might have carried on with it because my family have had a presence in Horncastle since my grandfather first opened in Bridge Street in 1911.”

In the 1920s, the family moved into the High Street and then took over their current premises 15 years ago.

Mr Aron added: “I remember when the lottery first started in 199. It was so busy that day.

“We had people queuing out the door as far down the High Street as Barclay’s Bank.”

Now Houldens is in the hands of Graham and Flo, who moved to Horncastle four and a half years ago.

Flo, originally from Hemel Hempstead, said: “We’ve been in the town just over four years and we love it here.

“We were both looking for a change of direction and saw Houldens was up for sale so decided to go for it.

“It’s a long established business and we’ll be working closely with Bill to start with.

“We can’t wait to start, we love the idea of being in the centre of Horncastle.”

Flo has previous experience of working in retail and is looking forward to serving the people of the town and continuing Mr Aron’s work.

She added: “I hope that regular customers continue to come in and we would like to encourage new customers to come and see us.

“We’re really looking forward to becoming a part of a living and breathing community.

Mr Aron added: “We have offered to help Graham and Flo out if we’re needed.They have said the want to continue what we have already established.”

When asked if he was looking forward to the prospect of having time off from work, Mr Aron answered: “At the moment, with my work as a county and town councillor, I don’t think I will be idle for long.”