Harry is looking forward to a rest as he retires aged 89

Harry Davey retires today after 48 years of running butchers and sandwich shops (151945-4064)
Harry Davey retires today after 48 years of running butchers and sandwich shops (151945-4064)
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HE’S spent the last 21 years running a sandwich shop and now at the age of 89, Harry Davey is preparing to put his feet up.

Harry started The Sandwich and Roll Shop in Hilsea market in London Road in 1994, selling hot drinks, sandwiches and pies from 4.30am each morning.

And today is his last day at work.

‘It’s a bit sad but I am looking forward to putting my feet up,’ he said. I won’t have to get up at 4am every single day.

‘I can stay in bed and let the others do it. I’ve never been unhappy about the job.

‘I have just always got on with it.’

Harry began working in the area as a butcher nearly 50 years ago.

He used to own a chain of butchers shops in the region, including in Gosport.

But he lost a lot of money during a financial crisis, so he decided to open the shop back in the area where he started.

The shop offers a range of fillings in sandwiches.

At one point Harry had several different sandwich shops across Portsmouth.

Harry gets a lot of regular customers, even in the early hours of the morning.

‘I started this shop by myself as I really needed to get out of debt,’ he added.

‘I like the customers. They have been really good.

‘I get a lot of builders coming in going to Brighton or London who come in for a cup of tea.

‘People have been very satisfied. We have pleased most of the customers.’

New owners will be taking over the running of the shop but it’s not believed they will be opening so early.