When loyal local customers erected this heartfelt tribute to Tony and his team at the Village Stores, they were speaking for the entire local community. Here are just a handful of the many grateful comments that have been posted online in recent days:

‘On behalf of Rushlake Green residents & others who are using it, I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to Rushlake Green Village Stores.   We really do appreciate everything you’re doing for us at this scary & trying time’

‘Thank you for your brilliant service today; taking my dads Pre-ordered shopping to his car so he didn’t have to come into the shop. Very grateful, thank you’

‘This little shop is brilliant!’

‘Just to Say thank you to you Tony and all your hard working staff and the service they provide in these difficult times; from all of us !’

‘You guys have been amazing.’

‘Wonderful shop at the heart of our community – has everything you could want, great quality and variety, good prices, and friendly personal service.’

‘Lovely selection of produce and especially delicious bread. Staff were were helpful and I felt safe shopping there during this difficult time. Thanks Tony and team!’

‘Great local store. Friendly and helpful staff. Nothing too much trouble. Excellent local produce. Real heart of the community.’

‘Amazing, friendly and helpful local store with a great range’

‘Fabulous we are so lucky to have the store and Tony with his amazing team’