THE POPULAR owners of Penarth's Windsor Bookshop are set to retire at the end of August.

Anne and Tony Hallett, who have owned the bookshop for more than 15 years, said that it was "time to move on to the next chapter".

The bookshop is being bought by Melanie 'Mel' Griffin, who has worked closely with the couple as part of the Penarth Book Festival Committee since 2012. As part of the deal it will also change its name to Griffin Books from September onwards.

“The bookshop has been at the centre of our lives for fifteen years, but it’s time to move on to the next chapter," said Tony.

Anne added: “We are delighted that someone who shares our passion for books and good customer service will be taking over the business."

Over the last few months the Windsor Road bookshop has welcomed the likes of Derek Brockway, Sam Warburton, Griff Rhys Jones, Laura Kemp and fantasy author Peter Griffiths to book signings in the town.

Mel Griffin, also known to many as churchwarden of All Saints Church, said: “Anne and Tony will be a hard act to follow, but I’m looking forward to providing the same wide range of books, maps and cards as well as their unbeatable next day ordering service.

"I plan to hold even more special events, as well as trying out some new ideas over time."

The Windsor Bookshop, which will be renamed Griffin Books from September 1, is one of a small number of independent bookshops in South Wales.

“It’s so important for Penarth to retain its bookshop, which is part of the unique character of the town and what it has to offer to both locals and visitors," added Mel.

Keen rugby fansAnne and Tony, who live near Pontypridd, will continue to be closely involved in future Penarth Book Festivals. Customers old and new are invited to wish them well at an ‘open house’ event in the bookshop all day on Saturday, August 30.