Fond memories of Laurie Ritchie

SIR, — I was saddened to read in the Down Recorder of the death of Laurie Ritchie, from Saul Street, Downpatrick.

I remember him well, and indeed Miss Murphy before him, during my childhood growing up in Rathkeltair Park. The shop was an an Aladdin’s cave for us youngsters with our pennies to spend.

They were both quite strict with us though, adults taking priority, and we had to wait to get served whilst the issues of the day were discussed. They knew everyone who came through the door and, as the obituary says, credit was never a problem.

Happy days. RIP Laurie Ritchie.

Yours etc,