Final exposure for Spalding photographic shop

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A couple who have been photography specialists in Spalding for nearly five decades are calling time on their business to go travelling.

John Wellband and his wife and partner Jean, now in their 80s, plan to open Welec’s door for the final time on December 31 because the lease on the property has expired.

Over the years Welec, in New Road, has become renowned as a local independent stockist of cameras, binoculars and telescopes, as well as small electrical devices and watches.

The shop has also specialised in baby passport photos, with the youngest baby ever photographed for its first passport just two days old.

Mr Wellband said: “We would like to thank our customers for nearly 50 years of business. It’s been fun helping our customers but with the lease ending it seemed the right time to retire.

“We plan to go travelling, although we haven’t decided where yet.”

At the end of the year, customers will also be saying goodbye to three members of staff – Nadia Halgarth, Sally Hunt and Wendy Heanes. When the store closes it will then be refurbished for the next leaseholder.

* Welec was opened in 1967 within the showroom of E H Wellband Ltd on Pinchbeck Road.

It then specialised in in-car entertainment and Sony 9-inch televisions for caravans.

Within three years the business had become so successful it moved to the town centre premises, where the biggest sellers were home entertainment systems.

The shop then developed to become the local independent stockist of digital photography products and accessories, as well as other small electrical devices and mobile phones. It has also specialised in passport photos.

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