A popular and well-known business figure has died.
Charles ‘Charlie’ Nicholson spent more than 70 years working at family butchers, Charles Nicholson and Son, in Park View, Whitley Bay, after it was set up by his father in 1914.
As a youngster, Charlie helped his father in the shop, also working as a delivery boy, using his bicycle to take orders to Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, Seaton Sluice and beyond.
After wartime service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, he trained as a master butcher.
Charlie and his late wife Margaret celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2010.
His son Doug now runs the business along with his daughter Kathryn and nephew Mark, helping continue establish the business in the fabric of the town.
Charlie was a former member of Whitley Bay Round Table, a member of Whitley Bay Golf Club and of the Panama Swimming Club. He was a keen tennis player and continued cycling to work until the age of 85.
He could also be found in his garden and allotment.
Ill health forced him to take a break from working in the shop but until recently was still visiting the Northumberland Farms and the Auction Markets who supply their goods.
He continued working until the age of 86, and was part of the shop’s centenary celebrations in 2014.
Charlie died at the age of 91, on February 4.
A funeral service in celebration of the life of Charlie will be held at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Monkseaton, on Thursday, February 18, at 1.15pm.