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Lifetime of memories as shop closes for last time

AFTER more than 65 years in business, Taggarts Shoe Sales and Repairs in Omagh closed its door for the final time last week.

It was a sad day for proprietor, John Taggart, whose father, Jim, opened the shop in the summer of 1954.

Publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper, the Second World War veteran had announced his intention to open a boot and shoe repair business “at rear of Messrs McMillin’s Premises” in Omagh.

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The advertisement added, “Hoping to merit a share of the public patronage.”

Over the next six decades, the shop remained open at its location in Scarffe’s Entry through floods, recessions and the dark days of the North’s Troubles.

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