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Upminster florist re-opens shop months after lorry smash

PUBLISHED: 14:56 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 31 March 2015

Paul Sewell is reopening his shop that was destroyed in October when a lorry smashed into it.

Pic of Paul Sewell

Paul Sewell is reopening his shop that was destroyed in October when a lorry smashed into it. Pic of Paul Sewell

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A fortunate florist has re-opened his shop five months after it was destroyed by a lorry.

Paul Sewell had a lorry go through his florist's on Friday.Paul Sewell had a lorry go through his florist's on Friday.

Paul Sewell, owner of Harrington’s of Upminster Bridge, in Upminster Road, had closed up early minutes before disaster struck in October.

His shop was destroyed when a lorry veered carrying a crane hit a bridge and veered off road into his shop.

Paul was left with no business while contractors rebuilt it. But but rather than wilt, he rose to the occasion.

“I’ve taken the opportunity to make it more of a florists,” he said. “My daughter in law and her friend did a floristry course and they will be doing that there now.

“The opening has been a long time coming, but I needed a hip replacement anyway.”

There was no big reveal when the store opened on Saturday, with Paul opting for a “low key” event.

And he was just pleased to be opening at all, after another shop yards from his went up in flames at the end of February.

When he heard there was a fire, Paul understandably feared the worst.

“I thought it was my store, and that would have been the end of it. You wouldn’t want to have a shop down my road, it’s like Beirut down there!”


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