The owner of a popular Chinese takeaway in Huntingdon has retired after almost four decades of "providing great food and a great service" to the local area.

Having started cooking in 1984 and then spent some time doing the shop up, Lee Wong hung up his wok for the last time on Thursday November 30.

Mr Wong, whose takeaway is located on Ermine Street, said: "I've been so busy; everyone is coming to see me. 

"I've had so many people sending cards and well wishes, which has been really nice. 

The Hunts Post: Lee Wong with his current and original menuLee Wong with his current and original menu (Image: Alex Valentine)

"It's been really touching to read the cards and that has made me very emotional," he said. 

Mr Wong added that, over the past four decades, he has served three generations of many families.

His customers have also included US servicemen who have then returned back to other countries.

When they then visit Huntingdonshire, Mr Wong said they would come in and see him - some still send him Christmas cards too.

"They would pop in and say 'oh, you're still here. I need to get a photo with you!'"

The Hunts Post: Lee Wong outside the takeaway shopLee Wong outside the takeaway shop (Image: Alex Valentine)

One of Mr Wong's regular customers, George Kelly, has been enjoying Lee Wong's Chinese takeaways ever since he moved to the area in 1990. 

Mr Kelly said: "Mr Wong and his little green takeaway are institutions for many people in the area."

Mr Wong said the hardest part about retiring is that "I'll miss my customers as they often come in for a chat and we share our troubles together.

"I will miss everybody, but I still live locally so I might bump into people," he added.

"I would just like to say thank you to everybody who has supported us for 40 years." 

The building will remain a Chinese takeaway, however under new ownership.