1920s bike shop is "for talking to people" says 83-year old owner

Barbara Rattue has managed W. D. Rattue's cycle and toy shop in Clowne, Worksop, since her husband's death in 1981. The shop has remained largely unchanged since the 1920s. "After I am gone I would like to see the interior of the shop go into a museum, and not just thrown on a bonfire," said Mrs Rattue.
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No slatwall, EPoS or shelf wobblers for Mrs Rattue: her shop still has all its original 1920s counters, shelves and till.

"I have tried to keep it in its original condition as much as possible but some things, such as some of the windows have had to be replaced," Mrs Rattue told Worksop Today newspaper.

"People love coming into the shop and I get a lot of people who just come in to see what it looks like. Although business is a lot slower these days I still really love working in this shop.

"I really enjoy meeting people and talking to people, and having the shop allows me to do this.

"One of the reasons I have carried on running this shop the way it was is as a tribute to my husband who put most of his life into the business."

She has no plans to re-fit the shop:

"I like the shop just how it is. The customers like it, and it is how I feel a shop should be."


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