Shop might revive

AFTER 100 years of service to the Easebourne and Midhurst community, the collapse of the capitalist system claims yet another victim in Backshall fuel and sundries retail outlet on Dodsley Lane.

As a relative newcomer to the area, having retired here 14 years ago, I have used the services of the Backshall family on almost a daily basis, as have those living around me.

I, and my family, will miss the summer largesse of John Backshall’s over-production of new potatoes and runner beans, the cheery chat of his daughter and staff, not to mention the most excellent quality of his motor fuel which has fed my little red Micra for these past 14 years.

Having dedicated themselves to this community for 100 years and to have survived the slings and arrows of outrageous economic fortune over that time, yet to be laid low by the greed of the ‘big boys’ (who must remain nameless) is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions for this community.

There is just a faint glimpse of hope.

The tenacity of John Backshall and family may yet pull them though.

AS Absolom,

High Path, Midhurst