A NEWSAGENT who has ran his Brentford store for 58 years says he believes the town is “going down the drain”.
David Brown, 80, has ran David's Newsagents with his wife Pamela, since purchasing it in 1953 after returning from the army.
He said: “This used to be a nice area once upon a time, but now all the factories have gone it's like a ghost town. It's gone down the drain, just look at the High Street, it's all empty shops – it's a wreck.”
The great-grandfather of one who hasn't had a holiday in 30-years says rarely being able to get away for a break is the worst part of running the store however he believes working hard “keeps you going” and “keeps you alive and on your feet”.
The octogenerian also has strong opinions on the government's plans to force shops to sell cigarettes from under the counter in a move to put-off future addicts.
He said: “The government are mad if they think that's going to make a difference. It's like alcohol, people are going to do it if they want to no matter what.”
Mr Brown also labels Hounslow Police force as “Lazy”, saying: “I would be ashamed if I was in charge of the police. We never see them walking past any more, they are just too lazy and just drive around in their cars. I phoned them a few weeks ago after I was given a fake £20 note and they asked me to bring it in, instead of bothering to come and see me.”
Regular Richard Hughes who has lived in nearby York Road and now Avenue Road, said: “I have known him for about 20 years. He's just always been there and never fails to open. It's a great little shop.”