Ivan and Maureen Wolfe and Antanas Vaitilaitis in the shop. Inset: Mr Wolfe. Pictures: Ian Burt

After around 30 years in King’s Lynn, Wolfy’s Photographic Shop has closed its doors for the final time.

 The shop, in Norfolk Street,  was opened by Ivan Wolfe in the late 1980s as a video library, with around 10,000 videos in stock for people to hire. 

Later, the shop moved on to DVD rental and then Mr Wolfe invested in a photographic printer, offering one-hour photo developing.

Mr Wolfe, 67, said: “A highlight was installing a brand new print lab in 2003 costing £125,000. That was risky but a bit of a buzz and it earned its money.”

At one stage there were Wolfy’s shops in Lynn, Hunstanton, Fakenham and Swaffham. 

Although the Lynn store closed last Saturday, the Hunstanton shop will remain and Mr Wolfe will work there three days a week.

Mr Wolfe is married to Maureen and has two children, Kathryn and Andrew. 

He said after working six or seven days a week, every week, he planned to spend his semi-retirement cycling, paddle boarding, doing DIY at home and enjoying holidays.

Mr Wolfe will also continue with the professional photography side of his business.

He said: “I would like to thank people who have supported us over the years. I have made some good friends and I’m sure that some of them will follow us.”

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