The dream is kept alive at Buffers
PUBLISHED: 02:01 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 15 June 2010
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7: BUFFERS Model Railways marked the death of its late owner and collector Jeff Tennant last week. His son Jack, 18, and partner Maria Husson, 46, took a day off after a year of hard work and have been praised by staff and customers for their achievement
BUFFERS Model Railways marked the death of its late owner and collector Jeff Tennant last week.His son Jack, 18, and partner Maria Husson, 46, took a day off - after a year of hard work - and have been praised by staff and customers for their achievements.Mr Tennant was killed in a road accident on July 31 last year, aged 48. Not willing to let his dreams be forgotten, Jack and Maria took on the shop.Maria said: "It was an absolute nightmare for the first couple of months. We lost somebody - and it wasn't just us grieving. The customers couldn't believe it either."But the response from the customers has been phenomenal. They've helped out and it's been amazing - it's not a normal retail shop."And we are an all-female staff which is quite unusual for a model railway shop. I'd like to thank Lyn Phipp -'Abacus Queen', who came up for coffee before Christmas and has been here since, my sister Dee Olof, and 'web extraordinaire' Lani Humphries."Lani Humphries, also Jack's girlfriend, added: "I have watched both these great people learn a whole new hobby and make a great achievement this past year."I would also like to thank all the loyal customers that have helped Maria through the last 12 months and to congratulate Maria on making this already amazing railway shop that bit bigger and better."She never fails to impress and no matter what, she makes everyone feel welcome and she will not give up until the customer has a smile on their face.