THE owner of a local vehicle repair shop will retire after 60 years.

Dennis Chapman, 76, of D and P Motors, on Rimington Road, Wombwell, told the Chronicle he will be sad to close the company, having served the community for many years.

“It was 1961 when I first started taking an interest in cars,” he said.

“I started working as an apprentice for Ford and then worked at a Mercedes dealership.

“In 1969, Peter Waddingham and I, my then business partner, opened up the business and I’ve stuck with it ever since I’ve loved my time here and I am sad to see it close.

“Peter retired in 1990 and I continued the business as a sole trader until now.

“I want to inform my customers of my retirement, many of whom I have looked after their cars for over 50 years.

“I want to sincerely thank them for their custom and loyalty.”