Long-serving pharmacist is given a fitting send-off

Published on: 27 Jun 2014

The closure of Hobbs the Chemist on Filton Avenue, Northville, has brought back many memories of Filton’s bygone years.

Loyal customers of Haston Hobbs – the owner – relived these memories recently when they attended a farewell party held in his honour at Filton’s Community Centre.

It was not just the closure of a business but an end to a family dynasty that had contributed so much to his customers’ well-being for 78 years or more.

The party, privately subscribed, brought around 30 of his past customers who just wanted to say “thank you” for the help both he and his family before him had provided.

With food prepared by a professional chef, the party gave true appreciation for a job well done. It was a delight to witness such a friendly atmosphere to which Haston duly responded.

Acknowledging all present, he said that there were three people missing from this fitting tribute. They were his mother and father and his daughter-in-law, who had passed away in recent years. He was accompanied by his son.

It was exceptionally gratifying to receive unexpected contributions from those who attended to cover the costs of the party. Any remaining funds will be set aside for a fitting tribute. Possibly a framed group photo with inscription, which will be presented to him at a later date.

This was indeed a moment when a treasured piece of Filton’s past quietly slipped away.

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