‘Lifeline’ shop for Lythe village re-opens doors

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The lifeline of a local community has been restored after a team of volunteers got together to re-open the village shop.

A revamped Lythe Stores was back in business again this week after being closed for over six months.

It had changed hands a number of times and was strugling to take off.

But now Lythe Community Shop on the High Street has diversified under a team of eight founder members.

Over 40 people crammed in as the shop was officially opened by three year-old Leo Metcalfe, the youngest child in Lythe Nursery.

Treasurer Pete Trott said: “If the opening day was anything to go by we are going to be steady away.”

The shop has been given a make over and as well as selling the usual groceries is taking full advantage of the area’s other local produce in a bid to attract more people through the door.

It is selling kippers and crabs from Whitby Seafish at Staithes, artisan bread and scones from the Brickyard Bakery in Brotton, paintings by local artists and a post office facility is expected to be operational later in the year.

Clare Churley added: “It has been a lot of work since February but I think people in the village really appreciate it. If you don’t have a local shop you lose the life of the village.”