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Long-time Browns Bay pharmacist retires

Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014
Barry Lumsden
Simon Maude
BUSY RETIREMENT: Barry Lumsden won’t be putting his feet up, the pharmacist is an enthusiastic pianist, chorist and Scottish dancer.

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After 38 years filling customer's scripts, Browns Bay pharmacist Barry Lumsden is calling it quits.

When he and wife Joy started their first Browns Bay pharmacy in 1975, the beachside suburb was quiet - except on Saturdays.

"When we bought it, it was one of the only places with Saturday trading, on Saturday morning all hell used to break loose.

"It really was festive-like on the streets, even the Hare Krishnas were there," Lumsden says.

"There were still houses in the main street and where Countdown now is there was a camp-ground," the 78-year-old says.

As the suburb grew, so did the Lumsdens' business.

In 1995 they moved from their Bute Rd partnership with Murray Kerr, to their own practice, Barry's Medical Centre Pharmacy.

But through the years Mr Lumsden has kept a loyal staff and clientele.

Ruth Rayner, a pharmacist he employs is also retiring after 38 years service with him.

And former partner Murray Kerr, who started his career as an intern, is now back working for him part-time, he says.

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