Maddens marks milestone

Denise Rogers, Dawn Downes, manager Martin Glenn , owner Julie Hollis, Angie Dominy and manager Pat Bromwich
Denise Rogers, Dawn Downes, manager Martin Glenn , owner Julie Hollis, Angie Dominy and manager Pat Bromwich
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A family-run shop in Hillmorton has come a long way since it opened its doors 60 years ago.

Maddens, in Hillmorton Road, started trading on October 10, 1953.

Owner Julie Hollis has worked at the newsagent and hardware shop since before she left school.

“It doesn’t feel like 60 years,” she said.

“Time just flies by and I’ve never seen it like coming to work. Everybody has been here so long, we are like one big family.”

Julie’s future career at the store was down to her father Gordon Robotham.

She said: “He first started work for Mr and Mrs Madden as a paperboy. He was taken on as an assistant before becoming manager of the shop.

“I’ve been working here since before I left school so it’s lovely to reach such a milestone.”

Mr and Mrs Madden went on to open two other shops which they later sold.

“They sold Balcombe Road in 1979 and Abbots Farm Post Office in 1980,” said Julie.

“This left them with the shop in Hillmorton Road.”

Mr and Mrs Madden retired in 1988 when Gordon took over.

His daughter took the reins when he died in 1994.

Julie said: “We have a great team here, it’s not like coming to work.”

The manager is Martin Glenn and manageress is Pat Bromwich.

To celebrate 60 years of trading, an open day was held at Maddens on Thursday.

“Customers old and new came along to mark the anniversary,” said Julie.

“There was a lovely atmosphere and we raised £800 which will be split between the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the RNLI.”

Julie would like to say thank you to the suppliers of Maddens for providing raffle prizes.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who turned up and supported us with our celebrations.

“It was an amazing amount to raise for two very worthwhile charities who rely on volunteers.”