'Two of the nicest people I know' - Community's messages for 'wonderful' Washington couple as they retire
Customers and friends have paid tribute to the hard work and kindness of a ‘lovely’ couple as they retire from running their shop.
Les and Val Davison took over Davison’s general dealers on Horsely Road, Barmston, in May 1987.
Now, after years of service, the shop has now been sold as the couple look forward to their next adventure in retirement.
As Les and Val prepare to say goodbye, loyal customers and good friends united to thank the couple for their service to the community and praise their kindness.
Here are some of your messages from the Sunderland Echo Facebook page:
Kimberley Fletcher: “Such a lovely couple who I will miss dearly. I wish them all the best in their retirement.”
Ursula Hindmarch Godfrey: “Good luck to you both. I’m sure you'll be a big miss.”
Tracey Henderson: “You two are an institution, you will be sadly missed. I wish you both all the best, such a wonderful couple and genuine lovely people.”
Craig Marr: “I hope you both enjoy your retirement, I have and always will have a lot of fond memories from 'Les and Val's'.”
Keeley Grotz: “Best luck to both of you, you’re going be such a miss. Time to put your feet up, relax. All best the in future.”
Lianne Gardner: “My Mam and Dad’s best friends, two of the nicest people I know. Looking forward to seeing you both, enjoy a well deserved retirement.”
Cazza Hudson: “Going to miss you two. Lots of love always.”
Caroline Woodroffe: “Best of luck, you both are a lovely couple and enjoy your adventure.”