Florist’s competition won by one of its oldest customers aged 94

Winners show off the bouquets they won in a competition organised by Flower Paradise in Melton, from left, Kate Rathbone, Phyllis Freestone and Pauline Christian, with shop owners Laya and Raj Kumar behind them EMN-150130-161959001
Winners show off the bouquets they won in a competition organised by Flower Paradise in Melton, from left, Kate Rathbone, Phyllis Freestone and Pauline Christian, with shop owners Laya and Raj Kumar behind them EMN-150130-161959001
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When a long-established Melton florist organised a competition offering hostess bouquets as prizes it was fitting when one of the shop’s oldest customers won one.

Phyllis Freestone (94) has been buying flowers from Flower Paradise in Sherrard Street for more than 50 years.

On many of those visits she was served by Albert ‘Aly’ Turner, who retired at Christmas after working for 70 years in the family business.

And as a thankyou to his loyal customers he put five of his popular hostess bouquets up as prizes in a competition we ran in the Melton Times two weeks ago.

One of the winners was fittingly Phyllis, of Bowley Avenue, Melton, who said: “It was a nice surprise to win the bouquet.

“I’ve been coming in here for years and the shop has changed a little over the years but not much. I’ve always loved flowers.”

New owners of the shop, Raj and Laya Kumar are pictured (behind) with three of the winners, from left, Kate Rathbone, Phyllis Freestone and Pauline Christian.