A TOWN has rallied round in support of an award-winning exclusive jeweller who has been forced to close his shop because of a series of terrifying armed raids.
Business people, the local community and friends of Lytham’s Michael Hyman say they understand his reasons for downgrading and rebranding Leonard Dews on Clifton Street next year on safety grounds.
Andrew Fallows, chairman of Lytham Business Partnership, said: “I think it has been a bit of a battle really. There’s disappointment, not with anything that Michael has done, we understand what he’s been through.
“It’s obviously very upsetting in a town like Lytham there are armed robberies and a shop should close - things have to change.
I’m sure it must be hard to try to get insurance for him. He’s put such security measures in. We just hope when he reopens with new branding it is successful. He’s done everything he possibly can to improve things in the town and we just hope this works out for him.”
Partnership member Marc Whitehead said: “It is a shame it’s happened. At least something good is going to come out of it. It’s not going to be an empty shop, it’s going to be rebranded.
“He’s quite bothered himself. He doesn’t want it on his mind and can’t have it on his conscience.”
MD Mr Hyman said: “I’ve had a lot of people saying ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ and that they fully understand. I’ve had a lot of support from friends, the community and business people at large.”
Leonard Dews took the decision to close fearing for the safety of its staff and other folk in Lytham if the raids continued.