Diamond anniversary for family-run village garage

John and Josie Wilson at J R Grieves & Co garage in Embleton.
 Picture by Jane Coltman
John and Josie Wilson at J R Grieves & Co garage in Embleton. Picture by Jane Coltman

A respected business in a north Northumberland village today celebrates 60 years of serving the local community and visitors.

J R Grieves & Co garage, in Embleton, is marking its diamond anniversary – a significant achievement given the changes in the motor industry in the past six decades.

Joe Grieves at  the J R Grieves & Co garage  in Embleton.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Joe Grieves at the J R Grieves & Co garage in Embleton. Picture by Jane Coltman

Joe Grieves, along with his daughter Josie, took over the Embleton Garage on June 1, 1957.

Over the following years, they developed the business into a successful automotive repair business and fuel-retailing outlet with a small shop.

Josie can still remember that day, 60 years ago, when there was ‘an old wooden till and a small stock of fuel and oil’.

When Joe died in 1978, Josie continued to run the garage and developed the forecourt side of the business by refitting the existing shop with a smart, modern convenience store, which now sells chilled and frozen goods as well as alcohol, complementing the fuel side of the business.

A young John Wilson at J R Grieves & Co garage  in Embleton.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

A young John Wilson at J R Grieves & Co garage in Embleton. Picture by Jane Coltman

In 1984, her son John joined the staff as an apprentice technician and is now the third generation of the family running the garage, with a successful MOT, tyre and workshop business that is kitted out with the latest modern equipment.

John is extremely proud to be part of a successful family firm and puts the longevity down to the hard work his mother and grandfather put in to make it the success it is today.

Josie, John, the staff and family would like to thank their loyal customers over the last 60 years in helping to make the garage a success in the age of the demise of the small business.