David ensures village supplies, come what may

David Carr, pictured outside his shop when he celebrated running it for 40 years in 2013.
David Carr, pictured outside his shop when he celebrated running it for 40 years in 2013.

For keeping the village shop going for 42 years through hard economic times, ill health and personal problems, David Carr is a Local Hero.

The Northumberland Local Heroes awards scheme, run by the county council, aims to celebrate people who deserve thanks for what they do for their community.

And that certainly applies to David, from Longframlington, who has run his shop since he was 21, providing a lifeline for the village and the surrounding communities.

Working an average of 90 hours a week, David gets up at 3 am to take deliveries and to make sandwiches.

He delivers to anyone who cannot get to the shop, whatever the weather, including heavy snow, both in Longframlington and in outlying villages.

He also takes delivery of prescriptions from the chemist in another village, eight miles away, to save the villagers having to travel to collect them.

He does not charge either the chemist or the villagers getting their prescriptions via this service.

David is always very happy and friendly, he speaks to everyone and knows the names of the majority of his customers.

Despite 13 break-ins over the years, he has always kept going.

To nominate someone from your community as a Local Hero, visit the website – hero.northumberland.gov.uk