A devoted mum has started her own business after being spurred on by her late husband.
Lynne Young, 55, has described how an inspirational meeting with a psychic was the kickstart she needed to set up the RNLS Food Parlour in Park Road, Hartlepool.
Mum-of-two Lynne, from Hartlepool, always dreamed of setting up her own food shop after decades of catering from home.
Her biggest supporter was her husband, Ralph, who constantly urged her to “go for it”. But he died aged 50 in April 2004 after a battle with cancer.
By then Lynne had still not taken the plunge in business as she was already in full-time employment as a store deputy manager. But she was made redundant and became a part-time employee two years ago.
Then came the moment of inspiration she needed. Lynne said: “I went to see a psychic and the first thing he said to me was ‘there is someone telling you to get on with the dream and stop pussyfooting around’.”
By sheer coincidence, Lynne and her two daughters, Nicola Wilson, 31, and Lisa Wallace, 35, drove past a building in Park Road that same week.
Every one of them identified the same building as the ideal place to start the dream that Ralph had first encouraged.
That inspirational moment led to the family beginning the plans to go into business. Lynne has now opened RNLS Food Parlour as the company director and cook, with Nicola serving customers and Lisa doing the food preparation. Lisa’s son, Jamie Wallace, 17, also helps out.
And even after just five weeks of trading seven days a week, RNLS is doing a roaring trade in traditional home-made food such as mince and dumplings and panackelty.
It provides a takeaway and delivery service and Lynne says Sunday lunches are proving particularly popular with orders being placed days in advance.
“Ralph would have been over the moon,” said Lynne. “This would have made him so happy. He always wanted his family to do this and it has gone better than we expected.”