After a quarter of a century of trading, a town centre business is closing its doors.

Cascade Trade Supplies is shutting up shop after 25 years, with owners Raymond and Deborah Hall opting for a quieter life in retirement.

The Cockermouth business may be small, but its impact on the town has been huge, building up a reputation as a reliable supplier to various sectors in the community, including leisure, catering and hospitality.

And although Raymond is welcoming retirement, the ageless, "neither too young nor too old" businessman is still sad to step back.

"Letting go of a successful business has not been easy, but family come first," he said.

"It's a shame to be closing, especially for the town – it's nice for me though because I'm retiring!"

In his well-deserved downtime, Raymond plans on getting involved with various events and groups, and says his involvement with the church "keeps his feet on the ground".

And after fitting in a trip to America when he can, the generous "sales-personality" is offering his expertise to those trying to grow their business, with an abundance of advice and support to give to those who need it.

He also said a wholehearted thank you to his customers from over the years, many of whom he considers good friends.

Cascade is currently in its final stages of closing down, with all stock being relocated to Workington by WF-Cleaning, now named WF-Cascade.