Kevin Smith celebrates his retirement after 40 years at Wigram and Ware.

An established optician has retired after 40 years of service in West Norfolk.

Kevin Smith has worked at Wigram and Ware Opticians since 1980.

The practice was established in 1920 and was run by the Wigram family until 1989 when Mr Smith and Peter Hutchinson took over the practice.

 Mr Smith also oversaw the expansion of the company to its second site in Dersingham.

Optometrist Sarah Baldock said: “I’m sure I speak for my fellow staff members, as well as the long list of customers that Kevin has served over the decades, when we wish him the best of luck in his retirement.

“His focus has always been on creating a business that is an integral part of the local community and he has certainly achieved that.”

Wigram and Ware will continue to be run by Sarah Baldock and Linda Vernon-Wood, who will be joined by Diana Hollingworth who will replace Mr Smith as the practice’s new dispensing optician.

Mr Smith said: “Having worked with Sarah and Linda for the past few years I have no doubt they will continue the high level of optometry we have created as one of the finest practices in Norfolk.

“We’re also very happy to welcome Diana and I’m sure she will have no problem settling into the Wigram and Ware family.

“We could not have achieved the successes of the past few decades without our wonderful and loyal patients, so I’d like to thank all of them for their support throughout my career in optometry.”

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