Mem­o­ries of books gone by . . .

Last Wed­nes­day marked the end of an era for Fraser’s Take Note own­ers Ian and Elaine Fraser. Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion ad­vi­sory board mem­ber Milly Keys was there.

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I was for­tu­nate enough to be at Ian and Elaine Fraser’s farewell to en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions.

The evening was hosted by the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and Ian and Elaine were pre­sented with a ‘‘Key to the City’’ for their out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to re­tail busi­ness and the Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

How­ever, be­fore the for­mal­i­ties we all got to en­joy a quick trip down mem­ory lane, by Elaine’s sis­ter, Mar­cia Vosper.

‘‘About 60 years ago, Dad bought Kaveney’s Sta­tioner, a long thin shop. There were many ex­cit­ing things there. Lovely pieces of crys­tal, brass and the coloured forms be­hind the counter ...

‘‘It was re­named Arawa Book­shop and over the years the range of books in­creased. I think the first pa­per­backs we had were 1/ 3d [ one shilling and three­pence].’’

Mar­cia talked about how Ian and Elaine were com­mit­ted to the re­tail in­dus­try for the past 35-plus years.

At one par­tic­u­lar con­fer­ence they at­tended, the guest speaker said that the most im­por­tant let­ter in the word re­tail was the let­ter E – E for en­ter­tain, and that is cer­tainly what Elaine and Ian achieved.

I am sure many of you have, over the past 35-odd years, visi- ted Fraser’s and will agree that Ian and Elaine knew how to re­tail, but now they are ready to take a well-de­served break.

Elaine said: ‘‘I know we work to­gether ev­ery day but it will be nice to have time to have a con­ver­sa­tion or two rather than flop down in the chair af­ter a day on your feet.’’

Well Mr and Mrs Fraser, you en­joy the next chap­ter of your life. Thanks again for all you have done for our com­mu­nity.

Ma­ree Ben­tham from Sto­ry­teller will move into the Frasers’ for­mer store.

Photo: NI­COLA WALSH

End of an era: Ian and Elaine Fraser with their ‘‘Key to the City’’.

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