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‘Gutted’ wreath tribute to shop closed by Covid crisis

‘Polite protester’ Suzi Warren mourns loss of family-run business

19 February, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Suzi Warren: ‘It was the beating heart of my weekends but now it has been gutted’

A DESIGNER and maker who refers to herself as a “polite protester” has made floral funeral wreaths as a tribute to small businesses that are closed due to Covid-19.

Suzi Warren, who lives near York Way, left a handmade garland outside Barnsbury Stores in Hemingford Road.

The 35-year-old family-run business has perman­ently shut up shop since the pandemic hit.

Ms Warren made flowers from plastic bags and is planning on leaving them outside other small businesses that have closed due to Covid-19.

She said the shop holds special memories, adding: “I laid this tribute outside Barnsbury Stores where I stocked up on supplies before enjoying long film nights with friends.

“It was the beating heart of my weekends but now it has been gutted. That word also sums up how I feel about it, hence why I chose it.

“I think it’s so important to recognise the variety that our shops, cafés, art galleries, hairdressers and restaurants give us, and to properly honour the passing of businesses that represent individuals – so often a family – that served our community and had the bravery and passion to make a go of it.”

Ms Warren also said she held a brief service outside the store when laying the wreath last week.

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