Retiral of well-known Forfar shop-keepers

Maureen and Dennis Fenton are preparing to retire from Toy Castle.

Maureen and Dennis Fenton are preparing to retire from Toy Castle.

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The doors of a long-established Forfar business are due to close in the next few months with the retirement of Maureen and Dennis Fenton from Toy Castle.

The outlet has not only served as a toy shop for 27 years but has played an important role in the community as a box office for a number of groups and organisations.

The shop opened its doors on April 4, 1988 with a new name and so the adventure began.

Initially it was Maureen who ran the shop along with help at Christmas and holidays, but since retiring in 2007 Dennis too has played a major part in the day to day running of the shop.

The shop has also been the hub for the sale of tickets for many of the community events in the town, from Forfar musical and dramatic societies to Forfar Athletic Football Club, something Maureen has always seen as doing her bit for the community.

Looking back over the years Maureen said: “Crazes have played their part in Toy Castle and the two that stand out are Teletubbies’ and ‘Furbies’.”

She recalled these could not be found in any of the major outlets “for love nor money” but Toy Castle managed to get them in and she landed on the front page of the ‘Dispatch’, proudly showing them off.

Dennis and Maureen have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Toy Castle and want to thank the town for all their support over the years.

As of Monday, March 2 they have launched their retirement sale with 25 per cent off everything in the shop as a thank you for the support they have had from the town.

So now is the time to bag yourself a bargain before the stock runs out.