INDEPENDENT book stores are calling on the public to continue to shop local throughout the festive season.

Award-winning Forum Books, in Corbridge, will remain open for business online, despite the national lockdown, as it enters its busiest trading period.

In a bid to continue to shine a light on local book havens, shoppers are also being invited to shop at the newly-formed - an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.

"We believe that bookshops are essential to a healthy culture," its website cheerfully exclaims, and it has pledged to donate profits from its online orders to independents.

Forum Books is one of the many listed, and owner Helen Stanton said