End of an era: are we still a nation of shopkeepers?

It's the end of an era for one shop in Dartford this weekend. But is it just another nail in the coffin of Britain's high streets or are we still, at heart, a nation of shopkeepers?

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The end of an era. Or are we still a nation of shopkeepers?

It's the end of an era for one shop in Dartford this weekend. Richardson's the butchers shuts its doors tomorrow after more than a hundred years of trading. Its owner wants to retire and has sold up to Tesco.

But is it just another nail in the coffin of Britain's high streets or are we still, at heart, a nation of shopkeepers? Andrea Thomas has been finding out. She spoke to butcher Ray Richardson and shopkeeper James Munns.

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