There I was, enjoying The Lowestoft Players' superb production of The Sound of Music at the Marina Theatre when a I was brought down to earth with a jolt.
In the interval Richard Morling came over to chat and broke the news that Morlings, the iconic Lowestoft music business that his family has run for 120 years, will be closing its doors forever on 30th June.
As Richard explained this sudden decision, the pain and sadness he was feeling was only too evident.
You see, Morlings have been doing alright. They're a specialist music retailer with a loyal customer base, not just in Lowestoft but further afield via the internet. The niche market they serve has enabled them to weather the economic turmoil that has engulfed so many.
But they've really been kicked in the teeth. Government red tape was the proverbial last straw...
And it's not just Richard that this affects. The staff at Morlings are a friendly, knowledgable and loyal bunch, many working there for decades. Here's what Terry Newby, Morlings manager, had to say on Facebook:
"It is with huge disappointment that together with my retirement Morlings will be closing down on Sat June 30th 2012
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers for supporting us and the many friends I have made through the shop over the years.
I have had the pleasure and privilege to have worked with some of the best and most dedicated staff in the industry.
This will be one of the saddest days of my life.
Head over to Morlings Facebook page and leave the team messages of support...
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