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Darlington branch of Marks and Spencer closes its doors for the final time

"Darlington town centre can survive", that's the message today as one of its flagship stores closed its doors for the last time.

Marks and Spencer has been a prominent feature in Northgate since 1922.

Now, 50 of the 82 staff currently working there will transfer to a new food hall on the edge of the town. 19 other staff will move to nearby stores.

M&S has been in Northgate for almost a century Credit: ITV News

In June, we reported the closures of the Stockton and Darlington branches, following an announcement that the company planned to "radically reshape" of M&S’s Clothing & Home space.

But a local group has said the town will fight for its future, and make it a place people will still want to visit.

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Including the two North East stores, M&S announced that 14 stores in total are proposed for closure or set to close.

They say 100 stores will have shut by 2020.

The closures are part of 'radically reshaping' the home and clothing departments Credit: PA