Tributes to popular shopkeeper

George Johnson

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TRIBUTES were today paid to one of South Shore’s longest running shopkeepers who died following a long battle with throat cancer.

George Johnson, a well known haberdasher based on Bond Street, fought the disease for two years.

The grandfather-of-three died at Sandycroft Nursing Home on Lytham Road on Wednesday, February 23 – a week before his 72nd birthday.

His daughter, Susanne Johnson, from South Shore, said: “He was an institution on South Shore’s Bond Street, being one of, if not the longest running shopkeepers there. He built up an Aladdin’s cave of needlework, but also created a community where people from all over the country gathered for crafty inspiration and a cheeky chuckle.

“We would like to thank all the many customers and friends who supported him and asked about him during his prolonged battle with throat cancer.

“He beat all the medical profession’s best estimates, fighting his illness courageously and doing so with his customary independence and wry humour.”

Mr Johnson moved his haberdasher’s emporium – Johnson’s Needlework – to Bond Street 30 years ago. Prior to that he was based on Waterloo Road for 17 years. He was a leading player in the wool and haberdashery industry in its heyday with his own wool brand, ‘Uknit’.

His legacy will continue thanks to Miss Johnson stepping into her father’s shoes. She will run the haberdashery on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

She added: “He loved that shop and he loved his customers. He will be missed terribly by his family, his customers and all who knew him.”

Mr Johnson’s funeral will be held tomorrow at 3.30pm at Park Crematorium in Lytham.