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Having spent the last 26 years running Anne’s Newsagents opposite Nightingale Green, Ash and Paula Patel bid a fond farewell and reflect on their memories. Photo by Geoff Wilkinson

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the Wanstead community from the heart of Anne’s Newsagents for the past 26 years. As we turn the page to our next chapter, Anne’s Newsagents will transition into new hands. While we look forward to the future with excitement, we can’t help but feel a bittersweet sentiment as we reflect on the past.

In 1998, we embarked on a journey from Southampton to London, seeking the vibrancy and diversity this magnificent city offers. We found our haven in Wanstead – a lovely family area known for its strong community vibes. As we reflect on the years gone by, our hearts are filled with cherished memories of countless customer interactions. From lighthearted chats about lottery dreams and passionate football debates to sharing homemade food and experiencing the kindness of receiving birthday cards, gifts and flowers – every moment has etched a permanent place in our hearts.

We’ve had the privilege of watching young families blossom, witnessing children mature into adults and observing the enduring essence of Wanstead. These experiences have been priceless, highlighting the unique character and continuity of our community.

As we prepare to turn the page, we look forward to a change of pace, embracing the opportunity to relax, embark on family holidays and reconnect with relatives across the globe. While we will deeply miss the daily interactions that have brightened our days, we are filled with excitement for the new adventures that await us.

We cannot express enough our gratitude for the support, business, loyalty and, most importantly, the friendships you have graciously offered us over the years. You have been an integral part of Anne’s Newsagents and our lives, and for that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Anne’s Newsagents is located at 86 Nightingale Lane, Wanstead, E11 2EZ