A new era is starting at a Scarborough jewellers as the businesses celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Family run Sizer Jewellers marked the half century milestone with a open day for customers featuring competitions and discounts, as well as a fundraiser for chosen charity Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The anniversary comes as founder Brian Sizer, 76, retires and is in the process over handing over the reins to his sonAndrew.
Andrew, who joined the business in 2000, left a career in IT to join the family trade. He said: “My dad started talking about wanting to retire, and I felt a sense of duty.
“Its a great place to work, and all the staff are great.”
This anniversary year has also seen the double fronted shop undergo a complete re-fit.
Andrew said: “The place hadn’t been changed since we opened it up. The we have done this year is the most monumental thing that has happened to the business physically in a long time.”
In reaching its 50th year the jewellers has experience highs as well as lows included a series of armed robberies.
Andrew said: “The business has always been a big part of my life,and I remember all the good times and the bad.
“We have survived it all though,and we are now onto second generation customers as well as second generation management which is nice.
“We have got a great team here, we couldn’t wish for better staff. Without them we wouldn’t be the business we are today.”
The business has also recenlty expanded into creating an online presence after setting up its own website, which Andrew said is aimed broadening the firm’s scope and serving customers further afield.
He said: “We have a lot of customers from far and wide who travel to us, many from bigger cities who holiday in Scarborough.
“You don’t really find jewellers like us in cities, most of them have been bought out by bigger companies, so we get a lot of people who enjoy our unique and personal service.”
Sizer Jewllers - how it all began:
Brian Sizer started his career as a watch maker but had to leave to complete National Service. When he came back to Scarborough he opened his own shop as a watch maker in North Street. He started doing watch and jewellery repairs and gradually moved in to sales.
In 1968 the business moved into Huntriss Row, occupying what is now Dapper. In 1982 Brian bought a second shop further down the street. Then in 1991 he bought the unit next to his second shop and both were knocked into one forming the shop they have now.