|Newsagents, The Broadway - not much has changed, apart from the name (2012)|
It had significant newspaper runs in the mornings and afternoons as well as Sunday newspaper runs too. I recall delivering Sunday newspapers for Ewarts, probably because it was my day off from Bairds Newsagents. The shop always had a different feel to it on Sundays because it was the one day of the week that Ian Ewart (who ran the shop) took off.
His mother (whose name appeared as the addressee, Mrs E. Ewart) appeared at various times during the week, but not in a serving capacity. She was a serious looking, older woman, who appeared very efficient and business like. Indeed, whenever I saw her she seemed to be undertaking book-keeping and other such tasks.
Some people may be surprised at what a good mark-up there is on newspapers. When that is multiplied by hundreds of newspapers each day, seven days a week, fifty two weeks of the year, it really adds up. It was only after reading A Season In Dornoch by Lorne Rubenstein that I became aware of this. So the Ewart family made a very good living indeed; that said Ian Ewart in particular had to work hard and long hours.