Stowmarket florists reopen and gives away 45 bouquets after bus rolls down hill and collides with shop

Isabel Wilton (left) with Ellie Wonfor receiving the first of the free bouquets as part of the 45 gi

Isabel Wilton (left) with Ellie Wonfor receiving the first of the free bouquets as part of the 45 giveaway chain. - Credit: Archant

A florists which had to close after a bus crashed into it has reopened and celebrated its 45th anniversary.

Disaster struck Edelweiss florists in Stowmarket two days before Valentine’s Day when the First bus ploughed into the shop’s front.

It managed to trade for several months in a temporary shop in the town centre before work to repair the listing building could be completed. Now it has reopened in its original home and is giving away 45 bouquets.

The store’s first customer Ellie Wonfor, was given the first surprise flowers. She will now nominate the next person to receive flowers, starting a chain before a total of 45 bouquets are handed out.

Owner, Isabel Wilton, said she was “extremely touched” by the support she had received from the town and nearby villages.

Ipswich’s South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard in July that driver, Daniel White, 40, had failed to apply the bus’s handbrake properly when it rolled down a hill and collided with the shop.

He was ordered to pay £470 in fines and costs after admitting a charge of leaving a motor vehicle unattended without the engine being stopped and the parking brake set.