In a letter to customers and friends Mr Hughes spoke of his sadness at having to close the business which had satisfied and served generations of loyal customers many of whom had become friends.

“Having pondered very carefully before taking this step, it is with relief that I have finally come to terms with the idea of retiring a business which has been the pride and joy of my grandfather, father and myself for so long.”

Mr Hughes talked of his gratitude towards his dedicated and loyal staff who helped the Hughes family carry out a “much loved trade over the years.”