A MAINSTAY of Prudhoe's front street is set for closure.

Prudhoe Youth Charity Shop, which was founded over 20 years ago by Prudhoe Town councillor George McCreedy, announced the news on social media.

A statement read: "Sadly we are closing down the shop completely. We simply can’t justify wasting our existing funds doing something which just isn’t profitable.

"The charity itself, Prudhoe Community Workshop Trust, still remains fully operational and we continue to look at ways in which our funds can make a difference.

"A heartfelt thank you goes out to our volunteers, whose dedication has been unfailing, and to the community who have supported us with your generous donations and custom."

The shops' focus was to provide funds for youth projects and activities in the town, with Prudhoe Guides, Prudhoe Youth Club FC and Prudhoe Plodders having all benefitted from its services.

In 2017, the shop received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, which is highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

And in February this year, the shop relocated to a smaller premise in the town in a bid to ensure its sustainability.