The Great Shand Mystery
|Published: 19th April 2008 14:46|
I've been living in Neston for approximately six years, during which time I have never once seen the shop 'Shand' (sandwiched between "Help The Aged" and "The Brown Horse" at Neston Cross) open. Not even once.
The shop appears to still be "in business" - as demonstrated by the clothing on display in the window which does change on very, very rare occasions (maybe once every two years) - but possesses a rather dilapidated-looking shop-front.
What on earth is going on with this premises? If it is still a functioning business, how on earth do they make any money if they never open? Is it a 'front' for some bizarre criminal 'scam'? Has the owner passed away in the stockroom years ago but nobody has noticed yet? Does the proprietor suffer from 'Brigadoon Syndrome' and only appears once every 100 years? Which is it? Or is the truth even stranger than fiction?
It seems a shame that such a prime spot - ideal for a little 'Coffee Shop' or 'Deli' - is going to waste and adding a run-down appearance in the high street when the Market Town initiative is working so hard to improve such matters.
JD Parkgate Road, Neston