Oxonian Travel Services is to close its travel division at the end of October.

The travel agency, in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, first opened in 1963 and will close its doors at the end of Thursday October 31 after 56 years.

In a letter to customers, managing director Chris Lewis said the closure was a ‘retirement’ of the travel division, and that the company’s property arm will continue.

Up to October 31, the agency will be open for “business as usual” and Travel Counsellors has been enlisted to look after any bookings for travel after that date.

Lewis said: “After 56 years of looking after the travel arrangements of tens of thousands of valued clients the time is now right for the owner family to enjoy their well-earned retirement.

“Our company opened for business in 1963 and the years since have been full of challenges and opportunities which we have weathered and enjoyed with the support of you, our loyal customers, and the efforts of our excellent Oxonian Travel team of staff.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to serve the community, the businesses and the institutions of Oxfordshire (and beyond) and we than all of our supporters over the decades.

“Clients are assured that all current and future travel arrangements will progress exactly as they should and it is very much business as usual until October 31, 2019”.