Pet shop back in business after blaze

PUBLISHED: 09:51 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:54 01 June 2010

June Jacklin with assistant Anne Parlett outside the new premises

June Jacklin with assistant Anne Parlett outside the new premises

WISBECH pet shop owner June Jacklin will be back in business on Friday- just nine days after watching her Norfolk Street premises go up in flames. Friends, family and well-wishers have rallied to help Mrs Jacklin re-open from another shop in Norfolk Stree

WISBECH pet shop owner June Jacklin will be back in business on Friday- just nine days after watching her Norfolk Street premises go up in flames.

Friends, family and well-wishers have rallied to help Mrs Jacklin re-open from another shop in Norfolk Street, and from today it will be business as usual.

"The customers want us to open and I don't want to lose them because they rely on us," said Mrs Jacklin who has run her pet shop from 15 Norfolk Street for 24 years.

She's taken a temporary lease on 89 Norfolk Street and says she wanted to re-open quickly so as not to let down her many loyal customers.

She praised other traders for being a tower of strength with their offers of help. Customers have also been turning up to see how she is coping - some bringing bouquets of flowers.

She said: "The support from other Norfolk Street traders has been absolutely wonderful. They have been so good offering help, there is a really good community spirit here.

"It breaks my heart to see what has happened but I can't thank people enough for what they have done."

Mrs Jacklin left her shop at about 5pm last Wednesday and just over one hour later she was back there watching the flames engulf the property. Thirty fire fighters fought the blaze which destroyed the pet shop and Fulcher's Butchers.

"The new premises are very small so we won't have the amount of bagged stuff in there but we shall be doing a free delivery service which will help people," she said.

Joining Mrs Jacklin will be assistant Anne Parlett who has been with the business for 19 years.

Mrs Jacklin was also helped by her two daughters to get ready for today's opening. She added: "We are back in business.


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