A longserving newsagent is retiring after serving his community for 37 years.

Gulab Gandhi has worked at Canons Park Newsagents in Harrow, London since 1980.

He said: “It’s now time to take it easy and enjoy my retirement. I’ve enjoyed my time in Canons Park, it’s been very nice.”

The 83-year-old said the area has developed from what was “essentially a village” into a thriving community with several schools and stores.

But he still believes there is a place for smaller shops like his, if they offer a good service and maintain their loyal customers.

In spite of the opening of a local supermarket, Gandhi’s shop has thrived for more than a generation.

He added: “We’ve been very lucky in the sense that we’ve had lots of loyal customers who keep coming back to us – everyone from children to elderly people.

“We’ve tried to provide a good service and this is a nice area where lots of nice people live.”

He commented that many people were “surprised” by his decision to step down but that they were pleased for him, viewing it as “the right decision”.

“People in the area have got to know me and it was lovely to hear them be complimentary about our service. They’ve told me to enjoy my retirement,” he said.

Gandhi said his successors were handpicked due to their previous experience.

“They have worked as newsagents before and have been in the business for some time now,” he explained.

“They also offer home delivery services which will be very useful for those who can’t get to the shops for whatever reason.”