Known as ‘Nigels’ by the children that over the years, have called into the shop for a comic magazine, the owner of Goostrey News once carried Sean Connery’s golf clubs.
“I had a trip out to meet the friendly face of Nigel Fallon behind the counter of Goostrey News”.
Goostrey News, which was previously a butcher’s and antique shop, then ventured into the hands of Nigel in March 2001 and opened on July 1, 2001 to become the one and only Goostrey News.
Nigel was born in September 1956 in Perth, Scotland, the third and youngest child of an Irishman Martin Fallon, a Dublin chest surgeon, who moved to Scotland in 1948 at the inception of the NHS to work. Nigel’s parents were married in January 1950, after meeting in London where they engaged in August 1949.
A graduate of Aberdeen University, Nigel had previously worked in the agricultural supply industry, before becoming self-employed in 2001, having lived in the village since Dec 1997. He was then UK Commercial Manager for Orrfa UK (Organisation of Food and Feed Additives).
Nigel has a strong sales background, and more recently in sales management. In his spare time, he has worked as a private tutor, mainly GSCE Maths, Science and English, since 2004, when he founded “Cheshire Tutor.”
Once a fully qualified county level rugby union referee with the Manchester Society, he also worked as a RFU National Panel Touch Judge, and more recently for six seasons as a qualified RFU referee coach.
Nigel also told me that he has met a large number of high-end celebrities in his time at Goostrey News, including Sir Alex and Lady Ferguson, Victoria Beckham, John Bishop, Raheem Sterling, Christiano Ronaldo and Brian Cox.
Nigel also has a well known middle brother, Sir Michael Fallon, recently retired as MP for Sevenoaks (Con), and was formerly Defence Secretary in the Conservative Cabinet (2014-2017.)
Goostrey News, which supplies newsprint, magazines, confectionery and greeting cards, and additionally delivers newspapers around the village has become a well known feature to the locals.
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