Surprise party for Michael’s retirement

Surprise Party for Sydenhams owner'Friends,staff and customers gather at Emmas Coffee Lounge on Huntriss Row for a farewell party in honour of Michael Mosey,front left,who is retiring from Sydenhams Sports shop when it closes in two weeks time.'Picture by Neil Silk  112175'27/05/11
Surprise Party for Sydenhams owner'Friends,staff and customers gather at Emmas Coffee Lounge on Huntriss Row for a farewell party in honour of Michael Mosey,front left,who is retiring from Sydenhams Sports shop when it closes in two weeks time.'Picture by Neil Silk 112175'27/05/11
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FRIENDS, colleagues and customers gathered to hold a surprise retirement party for the man behind one of Scarborough’s most iconic shops.

Michael Mosey, 71, has decided to call it a day at Sydenham Sports, in Huntriss Row, after more than 40 years working in the shop.

To celebrate his retirement and in honour of his career his wife Sheena organised a surprise party at Emma’s Coffee Lounge, in Huntriss Row.

Mr Mosey said: “The party was a very nice surprise.

“There were about 50 people there, including a lot of ex-colleagues, neighbouring businesses and good friends.

“I had no idea about it, and it was a really nice way to say goodbye to everyone.

“Thank you to Sheena for organising it, and thank you to everyone who came.”

Mr Mosey founded the business in 1963 with his mother and grandfather. The shop originally opened in Westborough before moving to its Huntriss Row site, formerly the Midland Bank, in 1965.

Over the decades Sydenham has earned a reputation as a popular shop catering for all sports, and is the only place in town that restrings tennis racquets and repairs cricket bats.

Customers also travelled from far and wide to take advantage of the shop’s bowls services.

The shop is due to close on Saturday June 11.