The 82-year-old said as he surveyed the damage: “I think it’s going to be a very different Christmas this year.”
Margaret Breslin, 66, from Edinburgh, who used to work at the firm as a book-keeper and company secretary, said: “I think he had to retire due to ill-health. He had terrible back trouble and major operations. When I knew him he was walking with two sticks.”
He said at the time his business customers included Transco and corporate advisors Beeson Gregory, as well as Luton Airport Security.