The owners of Taylor Bros are retiring this summer and have thanked all their customers and staff for their support over the last seven decades.

John and Angela Taylor outside of Taylor Bros, which will be shutting after 70 years in business. Picture: Sarah HowellsJohn and Angela Taylor outside of Taylor Bros, which will be shutting after 70 years in business. Picture: Sarah Howells

A Bideford shoe shop is closing after nearly 70 years in business – but the owners say they are ‘glad to go out on a high’.

Taylor Bros in Mill Street was started by Reg Taylor, who began by repairing shoes in the front room of a house in Meddon Street.

After a short time he went into business with his brother Mick; they bought a small shop in Mill Street in 1949, and thus Taylor Bros was born.

John and Angela Taylor with staff Andrew Merrick and Ange Eastman, outside of Taylor Bros, which will be shutting after 70 years in business. Picture: Sarah HowellsJohn and Angela Taylor with staff Andrew Merrick and Ange Eastman, outside of Taylor Bros, which will be shutting after 70 years in business. Picture: Sarah Howells

Over the years the shop has grown, with Reg’s son John Taylor joining the business in 1980.

Reg died the next year, and John joined the business. After Mick’s death in 1995, John’s wife Angel joined the business.

John said: “I will be sorry to say goodbye to the customers, as we have a lot of regular ones who have been coming to us over the years.

“I have mixed feelings about closing; this business has a lot of emotional ties.

“I remember coming down here when I was at school, it was my Saturday job when I could barely see over the counter.”

Angela said the couple wished to thank all of their customers and staff – some who have been with the business for four decades.

“People’s retail habits have changed, and we’re glad to be going out on a high,” she said.

The shop is set to close its doors for the final time at the end of June.