The owners of a shop selling pumpkins after Christmas have had to sell it to pay for the repair and restoration of a pumpkins display.
James and his wife Emily, who ran the business in Stroud, were approached by a customer who wanted to use the pumpkins as a Christmas tree.
“I was absolutely floored,” said James.
“We’ve had so many customers come in, and so many people have loved the pumpkin display and want to come in for more,” he said.
“It’s so important that the display is there and we’re getting the repairs done.”
James said he was “absolutely delighted” the display had been returned and the family had been given a “little piece of Christmas”.
“It was a bit of a shock when we first received the email, but we were very, very proud of the fact that we were able to do it, and happy with the results,” he added.
James said the family planned to continue with the pumparts, and he hopes the experience will help others to be able to make a similar decision.
“When it comes to Christmas and buying gifts, I think it’s a really important time of year and we wanted to show our love and gratitude to the people who came into the shop,” he told BBC News.
“To me it was a little bit of an eye-opener, but now I think we’ve got a lot of people who love our business, and I think that’s really important.”
The couple had received a number of positive feedback from the customers who had come in to buy pumpkins, and the customers had said it was the most welcoming experience they had had at the shop.