TWO Barrow florists have revelled in being there for the community throughout moments of happiness and sadness, but now they are looking to hand over the reigns to a budding flower enthusiast.

Flowercraft owners Jean Johnson, 63, and Helen Leake, 62, have spent a combined time of over 50 years working at the popular Ainslie Street store, but have decided the time is right to put their business up for sale and enjoy retirement.

Mrs Leake said: "We have worked hard to get where we are today, we have got loyal clients that have been coming to us all of these years.

"We also have great staff who have been with us for years, and if there's a young florist who thinks its too much to take on - we're ready to go in a way, there's staff here who know everything.

"We have been lucky enough to have such a creative job that we have enjoyed, not many people can say that nowadays, but we get a lot of enjoyment out of our job. Every week is different.

"Jean and I have been running the place for over 16 years, but Jean has been here for over 30 years, and I've been here for over 25. There's been a lot of good times.We are a good team and a good sense of humour helps as well.

"You never know who's going to come through the door or even when the phone's ringing, whether you're dealing with funeral, a wedding or a new baby. We have customers who just come in for a chat, and we'll miss that side of it.

"The time has come. We have worked so hard this year.You realise your time is precious nowadays and we have got to the next stage in our lives."

The property is on sale for £195,000 with Ross Estate Agencies, who say it has excellent potential for development, as well as coming with the added bonus of currently being the only interflora member in the Furness area. It also has two flats, two vehicles and an alcohol license.

To find out more, contact Ross Estate Agencies on: 01229 825636