After 65 years of trading, the iconic Palmers Fish & Chip establishment is swamped with customers on the last night of trading.

Residents of Yeovil continue tonight to flock to Palmer’s fish and chip restaurant and takeaway.

The award-winning establishment, once selected as one of the finest in the UK, closes tonight after 65 solid years of trading before the demise of Yeovil Town Centre.

Visitors to the chip shop tonight are flocking for miles for one last trip down memory lane before the shutters are pulled down for good.

Mr and Mrs Denby were through the restaurant doors early tonight to sit at the same spot Gavin Denby proposed to his now wife, Glenis, in 1958.

Having travelled from Truro, the couple said: ‘ We had to come for one last time and sit in the same spot where Glenis agreed to marry me.

‘Whilst we now live in Cornwall, we have visited whenever passing through, but tonight we made the memorable trip for old memories sake; it’s very emotional. To us, this place is the landmark of Yeovil, and it’s so sad to see it go.’

Lines of customers were forming down the street at times to be served. So many there to saviour the last time, Alan Richardson said: ‘I’ve come into town from Martock tonight after seeing an article in the press;

‘I used to cycle to this chip shop from Tower Road on my Chopper push bike for ‘scrumps.’  Many of us did – it’s wrong that a town council has destroyed a 65-year-old business, but what else can Clive Palmer do? If it’s not making money, then he has no option.’

Teary William Perrin, who has been going to the same chip shop every night without fail for over 40 years, said he, for the first time in his life, has doubled up to do two nights running; he said:

‘ As always, yesterday I came down; I had to come down again as it will be the last time; my Friday walk will never be the same without finishing at Palmers. I’ve walked down here with fourteen different dogs over that time, all having a jumbo sausage treat. I’ve had so many memories whilst waking tonight,’ he said.