Look local: Gloucester’s on the rise

From the Ancient Romans to the present day, Gloucester has grown and flourished. Zoe Wickens looks at how its optical services have fared

Gloucester is a city and district in the south-west county of Gloucestershire. It was founded in AD 97 by the Roman Emperor Nerva and has a strong financial and business sector that includes its optical services.

Kevin Rollason, co-owner of John Weygang Opticians on Clarence Street, likes the city. He says: ‘It’s a historical city, which gets busy on days when there is a rugby match. There are plans to develop areas of the city as a new bus station has recently been opened and shops in the city centre have started to migrate out towards the Quays.’

There are five John Weygang practices in Gloucester, spread across both the city centre and the surrounding suburbs so patients from across the area can find a practice. Rollason says: ‘I’ve been here since the mid-1980s and I’m actually still seeing families who became patients then, and now their grandchildren. I like our patients, they are longstanding and loyal. Our ethos is always that patients come first, and we offer them good value for money.’

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