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Readers give M&S 1,000 reasons to rethink

SIGNING UP ... Gazette reporter Chris Maxwell with our petition, now signed by more than 1,000 people.

SIGNING UP ... Gazette reporter Chris Maxwell with our petition, now signed by more than 1,000 people.

HIGH street giant Marks & Spencer has been given more than 1,000 reasons to consider returning to South Shields.

That’s the number of people to have signed the Gazette’s petition expressing disappointment at the forthcoming closure of the town’s King Street M&S store.

Our petition, reprinted below, urges the London-based retailer to consider returning to South Tyneside at the earliest opportunity.

The petition is available both online and at locations across the town.

There has been a steady stream of signatories at the Gazette office in Chapter Row, South Shields.

Customers have expressed huge disappointment that the retailer is leaving the town after 80 years.

High-profile signatories include South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck and Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council.

South Tyneside Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson has also signed up, as has Customs House executive director Ray Spencer.

But we want more signatures to help convey to the retail giant the strength of feeling in the town over its plan.

That’s why we are urging even more of our readers to sign up at our office in Chapter Row, at South Shields Town Hall or at other civic buildings including the central library, Haven Point leisure centre, South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road Community Association or the town’s Broughton Road register office.

You can sign the petition online by clicking here OR download a copy of the form here if you want to collect signatures or your family, friends and colleagues.

Marks & Spencer’s King Street store – opened back in 1934, 50 years after the chain was founded in leeds in West Yorkshire – will close on Saturday, March 29.

Its 37 staff will be transferred to the chain’s expanding Silverlink outlet in North Tyneside.

Twitter: @shieldsgazpaul

 

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