THE last shop in Longwood is to shut.
Newsagents Keith and Jackie Taylor will close the door on the last shop in the village when they retire next week.
But local residents are hoping to breathe new life into the village with help from grants.
Mr and Mrs Taylor are looking forward to a well-earned rest after 25 years without a holiday.
But they have been unable to find a buyer for the shop in Thornhill Road, so they aim to sell it as a home.
"We have seen 22 shops, three mills and a village school close since we ran the business," said Mrs Taylor, 57.
"The newsagents was the last shop in the village and it will close on Monday."
The couple, who have three sons and six grandchildren, are looking forward to spending more time with their family and friends during retirement.
"We haven't had a holiday in 25 years. It's very tying running a newsagents. We hope to travel all over England now," she said.
Mr Taylor, 58, was a fireman in Huddersfield for 18 years before retiring due to ill health. The couple, who have been married for 38 years, then ran the newsagents shop together for 25 years and made it their home.
Mrs Taylor said support from family, friends, neighbours and customers had made the business a success. The couple plan to move to the Yorkshire Dales when the shop is sold.
Susan Beck-Sechi, chairman of Longwood Village Group, said she was very sad to see the Taylors retire.
Mrs Beck-Sechi said parking was a big problem in Longwood and that was a contributory factor to shops closing.
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