A MUCH-loved farm shop closed its doors for the final time yesterday after nearly 40 years in the business.

Dymock Farm Shop in Chyngton Lane North, Seaford, sold a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables but had its final day of trading yesterday.

Jonathan and Pat Franklin, owners of the farm shop decided to retire after running the business since the 1980s. The site will continue as a working farm without the farm shop.

The married couple put a notice out earlier in the month stating they are retiring.

The notice read: “We are retiring! We are sorry to announce that after almost 40 years, we are closing the farm shop at the end of January.

“We would like to thank our wonderful customers and staff for all their support over the years.”

The business sold other produce such as duck eggs, as well as meat from Eastbourne-based JCS Meats.

The Argus: The farm looks into the Cuckmere Valley near the Seven SistersThe farm looks into the Cuckmere Valley near the Seven Sisters

Since then, tributes have poured in from people in Seaford, with many people wishing the couple a happy retirement.

One person said: “After 40 years they deserve a rest, hope they have a great retirement. Good luck to Jonathan and Pat.”

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