Final cut for Walsh’s shop

Sandra and Bill Smith, who have owned Walsh's Trophies on Poulton Road in Fleetwood since its days as a greengrocers and florists in 1969, are retiring in April
Sandra and Bill Smith, who have owned Walsh's Trophies on Poulton Road in Fleetwood since its days as a greengrocers and florists in 1969, are retiring in April

FLEETWOOD’S famous trophy engraving shop is closing next month after 42 years.

Sandra Smith, 62, and husband Bill, 68, have spent many happy years at Walsh’s Trophies on Poulton Road in Fleetwood.

But the couple, who live above the store, say the time is right to shut up shop once and for all.

Sandra, who also looks after children with disabilities, said she would miss the customers but was happy to say goodbye.

The shop will finally close at 5pm on Monday April 4.

Sandra said: “I don’t feel sad as such because I’ve been preparing myself for two years now and have been finally wrapping things up.

“About 12 years ago I was involved in a car accident which left me with a bad neck – doctors told me I should stop engraving as I have to bend my head a lot.

“At the time I really wasn’t ready to give it all up but now I feel it is time to go.”

The popular Fleetwood shop was bought by Sandra’s father Frank Walsh as a greengrocers and florist in 1969.

In 1981 Frank decided to turn it into a specialist goods store and four years later Sandra and Bill, a former east Lancashire coach builder, took it over.

Since then they have engraved thousands of trophies for local pubs, sports teams and even the odd celebrity.

Sandra said: “We have had a few famous faces through the door including Ben Warriss – a popular comedian in the 1940s and Len Ganley, a former snooker referee.

“Mostly though it has been local people, we have made a lot of friends, I have become a bit of an agony aunt for our regulars!”

The couple say they will spend their retirement enjoying holidays in their caravan at Cockerham Sands in and visiting family and friends.

Sandra added; “My daughter lives in South Wales so we will visit her and I am not giving up my job as a carer just yet so I will still be busy. Luckily I found a buyer for all of our engraving equipment and supplies so that is a weight off my mind, it is just the building to sell now.”

All stock in the shop, which also sells dolls houses and glass cuttings, is now on a 50 per cent sale.