Historic Watford family business Jackson Jewellers said goodbye to its former owner, David Jackson, as he passed away on New Year’s Eve.

Jackson was 82 and, per the Watford Observer, worked in the business for over 60 years.

He first started there, working alongside his mother, after leaving the Marines in his youth.

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The Watford Observer was told by Jackson’s son that father David “would read absolutely anything”.

He continued: “As a son giving him a birthday or Christmas present, my challenge was to find a book that he would find boring – and I never managed it.

“He was absolutely fascinated by everything. History was his big love and passion and obviously the shop, so with us selling antiques – that’s what we specialise in – he would find as much of the history as he could behind objects.”

Jackson Jewellers was founded in Watford over 140 years ago, in 1876, and is now run by Dan Jackson, son of David and fifth generation of the family to run the business.

The shop is situated in a a timbered three-bay building dating back to around 1480.

It offers a variety of new, pre-owned and antique jewellery, as well as alterations and repairs services.