Pupils leading fight to save village shop

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Primary school pupils at a Northamptonshire school have launched a special appeal to save their village shop and post office.

Children at Blakesley Primary School are busy designing posters to help drum up trade at Browns of Blakesley in High Street.

The shop, which was opened in 1899 by Frank Brown, is now owned by James Taylor, but he said business had decreased because residents often go to the supermarket now rather than using the shop.

Mr Taylor, who has been running the shop for eight years, said: “The school’s project is about creating awareness of the shop and post office in the village.

“It’s quite unique now for a village to still have its shop and post office and Blakesley has that and a pub, school and garage. It would be a shame to lose the shop. It’s a part of the village’s history.

“It’s great that the school are getting involved.”

Anne Carter, secretary at Blakesley Primary School in The Green, said: “Having a village shop is a longstanding tradition for Blakesley and it sells everything. The post office is also a great benefit, especially for the older generation in the village. We are asking people to use the shop or it will be lost.

“The project just shows the community spirit in the area,” she added.