Greengrocers that inspired classic BBC comedy Open All Hours could shut over health and safety fears

Creator Roy Clarke wrote the BBC series after visiting family-run LE Riddiford in Thornbury, Gloucestershire.

Ronnie Barker’s shop owner Albert Arkwright is often seen stacking goods outside in the ­fictional recreation.

Officials have told current owner John Riddiford to take some of his items off the pavement.

But he says the displays help bring customers in and fear the move will hit his profits so much he will close up.

John, whose family opened the shop in 1928, said: “Is it time to just call it a day?”


South Gloucestershire Council said it had to investigate complaints and had worked with John to “find a suitable solution”.

The store has had four generations of the Riddiford family serving behind the counter. Late owner Barclay Riddiford died aged 76 in 2013.

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