A SERIES of charity shops that have been a fixture across the borough for more than 30 years closed their doors this week due to difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Barnsley Hospice announced last month that each of its six charity shops would be forced to close their doors after struggling to remain open during the pandemic.

The shops previously closed for a short period in March, before they re-opened in the summer however the shops had since only accepted a limited amount of stock to prevent the spread of the virus.

The first shop was opened on Eldon Street in 1985, followed by five others including the shop in Cudworth which opened last year.

The six shops closed their doors yesterday (October 29).

A spokesperson for the hospice said: “We'd like to thank everyone who has supported our shops over the years and we hope to see many of you at our new retail hub, part of our donation centre in Dodworth, when it opens in December.”