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The 82-year-old Jersey shopkeeper who still loves work
John Farley
John Farley says 58 years in the shop "doesn't seem a day too long"

"To stay at home and watch television is not for me," laughed 82-year-old hardware shop owner John Farley.

He has worked in the Red Triangle Stores in the central market since 1952, and has no intention of stopping.

"I've made up my mind I'm going to work as long as my health lets me, I hope it's a long time," he told BBC Jersey.

When John began working at the shop he planned to stay for six weeks before emigrating to Australia, "but things turned out rather different", he said.

He has enjoyed working in the store for nearly six decades because he likes "the buzz of it".

'Life is wonderful'

"Every day is different; when you get up in the morning you never know what's going to hit you between the eyes.

"You've got so much to think about when you're a one-man-business, your brain is working overtime all day long; it's motivation and it keeps me going."

When people ask John when he is going to retire he tells them he is still trying to think of what he is going to do when he grows up.

"My life is wonderful; I have a lovely wife, two lovely sons, a business and my health, what more could I want?"

He is the longest-serving tenant in the St Helier Central Market, and said it is one of the island's nicest places to shop.

But he would like to see some changes made there; such as a new floor and the market open for six full days a week.

All shops in island used to shut on a Thursday afternoon, nowadays only the central and fish markets still do so.

"Two o'clock on a Thursday we're turning business away, it's a joke, especially in the summer."

'Products come and go'

Mr Farley also said the things he sells has changed dramatically over the past 58 years.

"Products have come and gone…one of the challenges is keeping up with the times, every other day there is something different.

"For example the model railways have changed; they used to be clockwork then they went to electric, now they're digital.

"And we've got little travel clocks that are controlled by satellite, you'd never have heard of those 20 years ago."

But he said all that change made the weeks go by like days, and before he knew it he had been there for nearly 60 years.

"And it don't seem a day too long," he added.

Living Longer week runs on BBC Radio Jersey from 7 - 12 November. It includes issues such as the funding of long term care, the health service, retirement and volunteering.




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