A well-known ticket office clerk worked his last shift today (Tuesday) after more than 40 years in the job.

The display that his fellow colleagues had put togetherThe display that his fellow colleagues had put together

Neville Cooper, who has worked in the St Neots railway station ticket office for 43 years, celebrated his last day in style, after colleagues bought him leaving gifts and made a display for him outside the office.

The 59-year-old believes he has probably dealt with more than a million people over the years that he has worked at the station and said he had loved his time in the town.

He said: “I started off by working at Sandy, where I worked four hours there and then four hours in St Neots. I then left in 1980 to go to Bedford, where I hated working.

“Since 1981, I have worked at St Neots station and I just love it here.

The notice that was displayed outside the stationThe notice that was displayed outside the station

“I am quite sad that I am going. I love everyone that I work with and I will miss everyone.

Neville started working for the railways in July 1975 and said he had met and grown to know countless people in that time.

He said: “The best part of my job is talking to people; I have got to know so many people through doing this job, its great.

“I can’t go anywhere without seeing someone I know. I will really miss just chatting to people everyday.

“I take a lot of pride in this station and I am very sad to go but I have decided that it’s the best time for me to leave.

“I haven’t really got any plans for my retirement, but I am just going to try and enjoy it as much as I can.”

Neville worked his last shift on Tuesday.