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Moving on .. Rockleigh Jewellers owners Darren and Tracey Bourke are getting ready to say goodbye to the Gore business. PHOTO: ENSIGN FILES

After 15 years at the helm of Rockleigh Jewellers, Tracey and Darren Bourke are closing the doors of the Main St outlet.

The couple decided to close the jeweller’s shop, which also sold a range of musical instruments and accessories, because of Mr Bourke’s health.

The couple were keen to thank customers and the community for their continuing support.

Mr Bourke said staff member Elaine Burgess had been key in keeping the business ticking along while he was battling health issues.

“Elaine’s been absolutely brilliant.”

Mr Bourke said he would miss the interaction with customers when the doors of the shop finally close in the new year.

He paid tribute to family, the wider community and industry representatives who offered extra support during the past nine months.

Although the Main St shop will be closing, the couple will still be involved in the business by establishing an increased online presence.

They will sell Ellani jewellery and novelty clocks online, and other lines could be added.

The engraving side of the business would also be retained and would operate from home, Mr Bourke said.

He had been involved in teaching at the Out of School Music Programme, and now planned to take on private music students.

Having been involved in music much of his life, it was an interest he was keen to pursue.

“I’ll enjoy that,” he said.

Mr Bourke started his working life in retail, when he began working at the former Hallensteins menswear store in Gore as a 17-year-old.

He has also worked in forestry.

When a downturn in forestry struck, the couple decided to buy the jewellery store.

They will host a closing-down sale before the closure.