Councillors Barry Mugglestone, Stephanie Nunn, Julie Wilkes and Gerry O’Sullivan of Hornchurch Residents’ Association were invited for tea and samosas at Young Fashions on Saturday 28 August.
The local councillors presented staff at the Elm Park store with flowers to say thank you for all their community work for nearly forty years. Along with many other residents, Julie had always gone to Young Fashions for her children’s school uniforms.
It was also to mark the retirement of Mrs Beg after owning the shop for 38 years. Other businesses also attended to give their best wishes to Mrs Beg who was joined by her two sons, Ahmer and Khurrum for the occasion.
Mrs Beg said she had mixed feelings on leaving the shop, she had been very happy there, but felt it was time to retire.
The shop was originally occupied by Mr John Kohter of Hans Electric, which is still going strong today at 22 The Broadway.
Mr and Mrs Kohter attended the event along with representatives from other local businesses, Hans Electric, Elm Park Cobblers, Fat Pizza, A & J Fashion Jewellery and The Carpet Gallery.
Recently the shop has only opened on Saturdays to sell off remaining stock and the last day of trading will be on Saturday 4 September – still time to pick up some school uniform!
Anyone walking past Young Fashions always got a friendly smile from Mrs Beg as she sat in the doorway and she always joined in the Christmas event organised by Elm Park Regeneration, giving out samosas and making sure the grandchildren dressed up for whatever theme was chosen.
Everyone wished her well in her long deserved retirement and look forward to seeing her out shopping as she lives locally with her family.