A HELENSBURGH institution is set to shut its doors after almost 90 years.

D. Manderson dubbed it the "end of an era" after announcing they plan to close their retail premises on West Clyde Street after three generations.

Kenny Manderson told the Advertiser that the firm - which offers services for TVs, aerials and satellites - will continue to operate, but without the shop premises on the seafront.

The 62-year-old said: "Although there will be no D. Manderson sign above a door, the firm will still be trading, just without the retail premises.

"The firm was established in 1936 by my grandfather Daniel, initially charging accumulator batteries for radios, with progression along the years evolving with all the new technology as it came along.

"Both my dad, Ian, and aunt, Phyllis, ran the business for many years, with them both working long past the normal retirement age."

Helensburgh Advertiser: Daniel Manderson pictured in a 1953 photo of his businessDaniel Manderson pictured in a 1953 photo of his business (Image: Contributed)

The firm was previously at 62-64 East Clyde Street, more recently home to The Ginger Breadman, and then 81 West Clyde Street. His current spot will be taken on by Craigard Tearoom with Melanie Andrews at the helm.

Kenny continued: "I think that my grandfather Daniel would approve that both shops are now occupied by bakers, as he started his working life as a baker himself.

"I would like to thank all his shop customers for their support over the years and assure them of the ongoing service."

Helensburgh Advertiser: Historic picture of Renee in front of D Manderson in HelensburghHistoric picture of Renee in front of D Manderson in Helensburgh (Image: Contributed)

Kenny said the last day in West Clyde Street would be April 21. He will still be available on the same phone number going forward, 01436 674090.

He explained: "I am currently 62 years of age and have been part of the business since leaving school at 16.  

"The time has come to start winding down a bit. 

"The obvious way of doing this was by giving up the shop premises as running a shop can be a bit of a tie - having to conform to regular opening hours.

"I can now carry out my repair and installations services at a time to suit me with a bit more leisure time thrown in.

"Obviously it is a bit of an end of an era, as I have worked alongside my grandfather, father, mother and aunt for the 46 years I have worked in and around both shops.

"However, I am now looking forward to a bit of a change. Total retirement freaks me out a bit, so by carrying on with the business on a scaled-down level ticks all the boxes.  

"I am very grateful to customers past and present for supporting this local business."