Royston’s Hugh flies into retirement after more than 30 years in the High Street

Hugh Ancell is surprised by his family with a surprise party to celebrate his retirement after 33 ye

Hugh Ancell is surprised by his family with a surprise party to celebrate his retirement after 33 years on the Royston High Street - Credit: Archant

After more than 33 years working at a Royston shop, the retirement of a loyal manager was marked with a surprise bash in store.

Family, friends and customers held a party for Hugh Ancell at Scrivens Opticians in the High Street on Saturday, as a way of saying thanks before he begins the next chapter of his life.

Hugh’s son Peter said: “It was great to give him a good send-off. He made a speech and really enjoyed himself.

“He’s looking forward to the start of his retirement and chilling.”

Before the chilling begins, one of Hugh’s first adventures will be a ride in a World War Two Tiger Moth at Duxford Imperial War Museum – a gift purchased for him as part of his retirement.