Eastwood's ‘longest serving trader’ retires after 45 years
It is the end of an era as ‘one of Eastwood's longest serving traders’ who has been in the town for 45 years retires.
Mick Brown, 79, has decided to sell Mick Brown Cycles which has been a well known bicycle shop in Nottingham Road, Eastwood.
Mick said: “After 45 years, and I will be 80 in August, I think I have done enough.”
During his time in Eastwood Mick has done a lot for the community.
He served on Eastwood Town Councillor in the 80's, he is the past chairman of the Trades Guild, he is the current chairman of Greasley Parish Council after being elected more than 20 years ago and he was elected to Broxtowe Borough Council in 1999.
He was also Mayor of Broxtowe in 2019 to 2020, which he said he enjoyed tremendously but his term was sadly cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mick is also a former successful amateur racing cyclist, and for a short time he also joined the professional ranks.
Mick said: "In recent years I have been serving grandchildren of many original customers.
"I have met many talented and friendly customers over the years, including Government Ministers, MP's and people from all walks of life.
"I have been grateful for the support of many loyal customers, and made many endurin friendships.”
Mick said his business was hit hard by the pandemic as well as the rise of online shopping.
He said: “During the lockdown last year, business was brisk.
"Since then, the big shops re-opened and trade has disappeared.
"The shop had been up for sale two years, and the premises sold recently and all the stock has gone for auction.
"Big 'names' and the internet have killed off the High Street, much of which has become a convenience and huge experience in all trades is disappearing for ever.
"I am one of Eastwood's longest serving traders.”
As he enters his retirement Mick hopes to revisit some of his past hobbies.
He said: “I hope to get back to some leisurely cycling again and do more photography as I am a founder member of the local Beauvale Photography Group.
"Plus, keeping up the community work with both councils.”