A SHOP that has been part of the Corbridge high street for well over a decade will close for the final time this weekend.

Joyce Anderson, the jewellery shop on Hill Street that also sells clothing, accessories, and homemade ice cream will cease trading on Saturday.

The owner, who lends her name to the shop, has decided to retire after almost 14 years trading in the village.

Joyce said: "I've been here nearly 14 years, it would be 14 years in October. It will be a loss, but you can't go on doing the same thing forever.

"I've absolutely loved it, the customers in Corbridge are lovely, the other traders are fantastic - it's just a lovely place."

Joyce, who used to work London, has played a prominent role in the village over the years, and was the chairman of the Corbridge Traders' Association for many years and took part in the drive to make Corbridge 'dementia friendly'.

Joyce continued: "I worked in the city, in London, so this is my second retirement!

"I may go for a third one yet. My husband is a bit older than me, and we farm out by Edmundbyers and we have the Youth Hostel over there, so I have plenty to do."