A mechanic who has serviced the community for more than three decades has announced he is to retire.

Chris Parry built his company, C.J. Parry, from scratch.

He has been located at in Westrop, Highworth since 1991, and said running the business has been his life, soul and inspiration.

But in an interview with the Adver, Chris said that whilst he is sad to leave the business behind, he is excited about his retirement.

The 63-year-old said: “I have been running a real honest business and treating customers with respect.

“I am going to feel sad to be quite honest, I think when I have finished with the last customer… that is when it will hit me.

Swindon Advertiser: Chris Parry, right, with long term employee Ian CreaseyChris Parry, right, with long term employee Ian Creasey (Image: Chris Parry)

“I am really grateful for them bringing their cars in, I love them dearly, we have had some good times.

“It is just going to be sad but it can’t go on forever.

“I have had some really god times and some lovely customers.”

Chris also shared how incredibly proud he is of what he has achieved. He explained when he first moved into the garage, the site was completely empty and he quickly built his name and his business up.

“I started off with nothing when I walked into this business.

Swindon Advertiser: Chris's last day will be February 15Chris's last day will be February 15 (Image: Chris Parry)

“I had a mortgage and 350 quid to my name when I first started.”

The last day of business will be Thursday, February 15.

He praised his long-term employee Ian Creasey who he described to be like a son to him. Chris is the godfather to Ian’s child and they have worked alongside one another for more than 19 years.

Ian will be moving to Simpsons, another garage in the area.

A Facebook post announcing Chris's retirement received a massive response and upwelling of support.

In the Facebook post he said: “I have made a lot of friends and have some truly lovely and loving customers it has been a pleasure helping so many people out.”

One member of the public commented on the post: “We shall miss you and your friendly staff! Thank you for the work you have done for us in the past… have a great and fulfilling retirement!”

Chris said he was blown away by the support.