Celebrating 60 years of ‘selling the Chorley Guardian’

Greg Culshaw
Greg Culshaw

Culshaw Newsagents in Chorley will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, in line with the Diamond Jubilee.

The store has been the longest running on Moor Road and Chorley residents and shop owners will pay tribute to the much loved owner Greg Culshaw on the day, as well as celebrating the branch’s success.

Greg’s wife Viv has organised the event to remember her husband who died last year on Christmas day, as well as the dedicated work he put in to the store.

She said: “At the moment I am going to get lots of blown up balloons to not only celebrate 60 years of the shop, but also 60 years selling the Chorley Guardian.”

The anniversary will be on the Jubilee weekend or the weekend after depending on how Viv organises it. All the funds raised in the activities during the day will go towards the Incubator Appeal at Preston Royal and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

The store has a donations box for the fund along with a picture of Greg Culshaw, in memory of the hard work he did.

The Fund was set up by Greg and Viv in 2007, placing old incubators in the entrance of the hospitals for donations.

The Preston Royal box has already received more than £8000 for worthy causes and departments. Overall the fund has raised £20,000 for items across Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Viv plans to have a tombola for kids along with balloons to celebrate the day. She also hopes to carry on her husband’s tradition of giving all the news deliverers a big bar of Cadbury chocolate to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

She will be putting old photos up in the window for passers-by to look at, including a photo of Greg shaking hands with a Queen look-alike to mark the jubilee.

Culshaw’s had 20 news deliverers at one point in the past, but slowly Viv has sold the stores, with the last going 18 months ago.

Now all her hard work is going in to running the Chorley store with four other members of staff. She is also continuing to raise money for their beloved Incubator Fund.

She said: “This would be a fitting tribute to my husband.”

Culshaw Newsagents in Chorley has been running since 1949, starting off in a building two doors down from its present location. Greg took over in 1952 when the store moved.

Back then both Greg and Viv worked for the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, with Viv as branch secretary and Greg as the North West President.

Speaking at the time of his death, Viv said: “Greg never had a day off work, not even weekends, apart from Christmas day.

“He wouldn’t have died on a work day, it had to be his only day off.”

She then added: “He just lived for the shop and its staff and customers.”

Viv is carrying on the running the shop to continue her husbands legacy.