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WATCH: Cumbrian village celebrates shop re-opening

People in a Cumbrian village say they're delighted with their early Christmas present - the re-opening of their village shop.

It's hoped the building in Hallbankgate will become much more than simply a grocery store. Simisola Jolaoso reports.

Villagers club together to keep only shop open

The village's only shop. Credit: ITV Border

Villagers who have been fighting to save their only shop from closure have become its new owners.

The former Co Operative store in Hallbankgate near Brampton, closed in the summer after 140 years.

A community group made up of local residents has now bought it after raising around £70,000, and they're busy refurbishing the shop.

They hope it will re-open in the spring.


Cumbrian villagers step up to save local shop

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Residents in a Cumbrian village who have seen a demise in local services are now clubbing together to save their only shop.

The group, called the Hallbankgate Hub, needs to raise over £70,000 to buy the store, which also houses a post office and library service.

If successful, they are hoping to expand the shop to include a community hub with a cafe area.

Villagers in bid to buy local Co-op

A community in North Cumbria are holding a fundraising event today in a bid to buy their local Co-op.

The shop in Hallbankgate, which includes a post office, is due to close next month.

Villagers have been given six months to raise up to £100,000 to buy the shop, the only one in the village.

Bosses at Scotmid, the firm that runs Lakes and Dales Co-operative, say that due to a low turnover they are being forced to sell it or close it.

Campaigners at The Hallbankgate Hub, which is fighting to stop the closure, say they now have enough money from the Farlam Parish Trust to start the bidding process to buy the Co-op.

The event this afternoon is at the Lacy Thompson Hall in Hallbankgate from 1pm to 5pm and will feature local producers, artist, an historical display, a popup cafe, and information about the campaign.