Britain's oldest shop worker has finally retired days before reaching his 97th birthday.
Syd Prior has been working as a greeter at B&Q for more than 20 years, and said the job helped to keep him young.
But he has now decided to leave in order to spend more time having lunch with friends and going to the theatre.
He started working at the hardware retailer's Wimbledon branch aged 76, but later moved to its flagship superstore at New Malden.
Mr Prior, who turns 97 tomorrow, has not been unemployed since he was 14, as he believes that hard work is the secret to happiness and long life.
He added: 'Working with people of all ages gives youngsters the chance to learn a little from an old timer like myself, and they help to keep me young at heart.'
Mr Prior joined the Royal Corps of Signalmen in 1939, and served for over six years in North Africa and Italy until the end of World War II.
On leaving the army Mr Prior worked as a salesman for a machinery company, and for his nephew's grocer business in Covent Garden.
When his nephew moved to Spain Mr Prior was left jobless until one of his former army friends, who was the manager of Wimbledon B&Q, offered him work in the garden department.
He thought the job would be a nice hobby for a short while, but found he was still there years later and was honoured with the role of officially opening the New Malden branch in 2009.
The dedicated worker celebrated his 95th birthday with his colleagues, and took part in what was thought to be the UK's biggest flash-mob dance in March this year.
Euan Sutherland, CEO of Kingfisher UK and Ireland, which owns B&Q, said taking part in Syd's birthday celebrations was a highlight of his career.
He said: 'I had the honour and privilege of meeting Syd regularly in our New Malden store where he was a greeter.
'He certainly deserves a very well earned rest and second retirement. We'd all like to wish him a very happy 97th birthday and applaud him for the massive contribution he has made to B&Q.'
B&Q's eldest employee is now 88-year-old Albert Billington in Bristol, followed closely by Clifford Sarjeant, from Kettering, aged 87.
The oldest worker at Syd's New Malden store is now Hazel Ward, who is a mere 79.