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A Northumberland hardware store which has served generations of families in Bedlington Station for almost 100 years is closing its doors this month.
Joan Muter, 84, is reluctantly shutting up shop at R & L Keenleysides shop after working in the same store for more than six decades to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
The store first started out as a small hardware shop launched by Bob Keenleyside.
Morris Muter, Mrs Muter’s late husband, started helping out Mr Keenleyside with joinery work for his customers in the late 1950s and, once their family were of school age, Mrs Muter also helped out on Saturdays.
In 1965 the couple took over the store from Mr Keenleyside.
While her husband took care of the timber side of the business, Mrs Muter learned first-hand how to run a business, doing the accounts and looking after customers.

Teenagers have been 'dispersed' from a Northumberland town plagued by youth disorder.
For several months, locals have been reporting trouble with groups of young people congregating in the parks and public spaces of Bedlington.
On social media, reports have been shared of people tipping over bins, setting small fires, throwing stones and smashing panels in bus shelters.
In February, Northumbria Police said some of the problems were caused by children as young as 12 and as old as 19 congregating in Bedlington from nearby towns, and pledged "robust" action for those who refused to heed their warnings.
Friday May 17 saw another surge in the bad behaviour, with Northumbria Police's Neighbourhood Policing Team dispersing "over 60 youths" in the from the area.
Police said this was done "in relation to anti-social behaviour", and that those involved were believed to be from various areas including Bedlington, Newbiggin, Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Cramlington.

A man has been charged with a number of driving offences following a head-on collision in Northumberland which left three people seriously injured.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the A1068 Fisher Lane between Seaton Burn and Cramlington at 10pm on Friday after a collision between a silver Vauxhall Vectra and a black Audi A1.
Three fire crews from  Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and a specialist fire unit helped to release one person from their vehicle.
Three people – two women and a man – were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police have now confirmed a 25-year-old man was subsequently arrested and has been charged with a number of driving offences, including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Contentious plans for a caravan and camping site at Druridge Bay Country Park, which have sparked a number of objections, are being recommended for approval.
Northumberland County Council's proposals for a plot to the south of Ladyburn Lake are supported by planners, with councillors advised to follow suit at next Tuesday's North Northumberland Local Area Council.
The development would provide stone-surfaced access tracks and 20 caravan/camper-van pitches with electrical hook-up points and nearby water standpipes. Seven grass tent pitches would also be available.
A waste-water cassette wash-out facility would be provided nearby, as well as a small modular building with facilities for washing dishes.
It would operate for a maximum of seven months of the year, between the beginning of April and the end of October.
Druridge Bay Country Park was created in 1983 following the restoration and reclamation of an opencast mine, before opening to the public in 1986.
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Proposals to scrap the HS2 high speed rail to pay for a range of smaller improvements have been slammed as "an embarrassment".
The Taxpayers' Alliance published 28 projects which they say could be funded if HS2 was scrapped.
Their ideas included dramatic improvements to the A1 all the way from Durham to Edinburgh, turning the road into a dual carriageway, and possibly a fully-fledged motorway, along the whole 140-mile stretch.
But the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the think-tank founded by former Chancellor George Osborne to promote the North, said the region needed HS2 as well as smaller schemes.
Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership said: "Northern business and civic leaders all agree we need HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and more investment in key road and mass transit schemes for city regions.
"Why should hard pressed taxpayers in the North, who pay double the amount of road tax and fuel duty than those living in London, be forced to make a choice between them after decades of underinvestment here?

Scrapping the HS2 high speed rail line could pay for dramatic improvements to the A1 all the way from Durham to Edinburgh, according to campaigners.
The road could become a dual carriageway - and possibly a fully-fledged motorway - along a 140-mile stretch, improving transport links between the North East and Scotland.
That’s the claim in a new report launched by former Cabinet Minister David Davis.
And it’s just one of a number of improvements to road and rail services across the country that could go ahead if HS2 is scrapped, according to the report’s authors.
Mr Davis, a former Brexit Secretary, said: “Together, the projects would bridge the divide between North and South, boost economic growth, improve capacity in our transport networks and provide a better service to passengers.
"What’s more, all proposals combined could be delivered quicker and cheaper than HS2.

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