A FAMILY business that became a "household name" for household and commercial necessities has closed down after more than 40 years.

Launching in 1983, Newton-le-Willows Blinds and Curtains became a leading supplier of blinds, curtains, and awning services across Newton and the surrounding areas.

Becoming well known for its made-to-measure products and high-quality services, the company also grew its reputation at various market stalls, and as a family business that took the time to care for each customer.

This is why there has been a huge outpouring of support for the business after it announced that it is calling it a day after more than 40 years in operation.

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In a public statement at the end of May, a spokesperson for Newton-le-Willows Blinds and Curtains said: "Unfortunately as of today, (Wednesday, May 29), Newton-le-Willows Blinds and Curtains has ceased trading.

We would like to thank all our amazing customers past and present for all the custom over the years and we would also like to thank all our staff for the hard work over the past 40+ years. We couldn’t have done it without you all.

"For a final time, Thankyou all."

Highlighting the company's stature in the community, and the go-to place for blinds and curtains, dozens of customers left messages of support and memories they have had with the business.

Elaine Connolly Hatch said: "Really sorry to hear this, you have always been my go-to place for blinds, excellent service and lovely people. Good luck to everyone for the future."

Peter Brookes said "Sorry to hear - such a fabulous small family business. All the best to everyone involved."

Janet Ison-Greenhalgh said: "Sad news, you have always done a great job for me over the years I’ve used you, I had the best looking windows on my road."

Sue Morgan Campbell said: "Sorry to hear this. Always used you for my blinds right through the houses I’ve lived in over the years."

Tracey Anne said: "Sad to hear this.You fitted the solar powered blinds in my disabled little boy's bedroom. They've been great. Best wishes to you all."

Amanda Cook said: "Best blinds I’ve ever had,wish u an all your staff the best for the future."

Sarah Smith said: "So very sorry to read this. You've done all the blinds and curtains in our house as we renovated it. Always so friendly & helpful. Genuinely saddened to read this."

Lisa Poole said: "Very sad news! A very professional, efficient family business. Always used NleWB for over 20 yrs. Hope you start up again soon."

Paul Maher said: "Genuinely sorry to hear your sad news. It’s not nice hearing of a reputable company that has had to finish. You’ve been a household name for many years. These are difficult times for everyone."

Alison Fisher said: "In 1997, you made wooden blinds for my brother’s bedroom. He was very poorly with cancer at the time, and you gifted him the blinds and a bouquet of flowers.

"He passed away the following year. We were always grateful for your kindness."