A celebration, a sale and some dark humour. That’s how iconic Finley business Murray Hut Clothing farewelled the community on Sunday afternoon.
The popular store ended 18 years in business with owners Gary Brooksby and Susan Hill hosting family members, friends and loyal customers at the Murray St premises for a party and auction.
At the end of the auction and after some emotional speeches, local funeral director Laurie Walsh wheeled in a life-size white coffin much to the delight and surprise of the crowd.
Engraved on the coffin were the words ‘Murray Hut Clothing 24/6/18 — 18 Years Old’.
Attendees signed the coffin with messages of support and sadness for the owners.
Ms Hill said she was touched by the support of locals on Sunday and over the past few months.
‘‘Since we announced we’re closing down, every day we have had people coming through the doors saying goodbye and hoping we would change our minds.
‘‘It was so lovely to have so many people come along on Sunday to say goodbye, and those who were there walked away with huge bargains,’’ Ms Hill said.
The auction took place over the afternoon, with auctioneer James ‘Bubba’ Kennedy keeping bidders on the edge of their seats and enticing them to buy clothes and accessories.
Ms Hill said the rest of the week won’t be easy for herself and Mr Brooksby.
‘‘Friday is when we will officially close the doors and for the rest of the week we’re selling whatever we can at whatever price.
‘‘Gary is doing better than me with handling the closure.
‘‘I know I’ll be devastated to close our doors on Friday but nothing a bit of champagne and friends can’t fix.’’