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Tonbridge jewellers Heasmans to close after 155 years of trading

A Tonbridge jeweller is set to shut its doors for the final time 155 years on from its first day of trading.

Heasmans the Jewellers will close for good in June following the owner David’s decision to call time on a business which began in 1862.

David Heasman has announced a half price sale will begin on Saturday for eight weeks before leaving the Angel Walk shop first opened by his great grandfather Alfred.

David and Maureen Heasman are closing their store after 155 years of trading

David and Maureen Heasman are closing their store after 155 years of trading

David, 80, said: “This was not a decision I have taken lightly. It is a sad day to close down the business that my Great Grandfather started 155 years ago.

“I didn’t want to sell the business; it is and always has been part of our family, so the name has to go with me.”

David and his wife Maureen revealed they wish to enjoy a more relaxed style of life when the shop eventually closes.

“We wanted to give something back to the people of Tonbridge. We will then close the door for the last time and hand the keys back to the landlord.”

The couple will slash their prices by 50% when their closing down sale begins this weekend.

David's great grandfather stood outside their shop around 1900

David's great grandfather stood outside their shop around 1900

David said: “I have enjoyed my life in the jewellery industry and we have made many friends in the trade and with our customers over so many years but I am very much looking forward to spending the summer in the garden and taking a few holidays.”

The shop’s closing down sale begins at 10am on Saturday and will last for eight weeks. Customers can expect half price labels on 18ct gold and platinum, cultured pearls and fashion watches.

David added: “I have decided to sell off all my stock at half price; everything has to go over the eight weeks of the closing down sale.

“We wanted to give something back to the people of Tonbridge. We will then close the door for the last time and hand the keys back to the landlord.”

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