The New Bookshop in Cumbria is set to re-open today (10th December) just a few days after being ravaged by floods.
Following heavy rain and severe weather caused by Storm Desmond over the weekend, The New Bookshop in Cockermouth in Cumbria was forced to close after being severely damaged by flooding.
However, the local community has rallied together to get the shop up and running again in just a few days.
Catherine Hetherington, owner of The New Bookshop, told The Bookseller: “The shop’s looking surprisingly nice after everything. It’s all come together really well after two days of scrubbing and cleaning. We wanted to be back for Christmas and to help the street look nice again. Lots of places are up and looking better."
Hetherington commended the support she had received from the local community over the last few days.
“We’ve had loads of help - everyone’s been really kind," she said. "Customers, friends and family have come round and some people have come round with hot drinks, sandwiches and cakes and offers to buy books."
She added: “It’s been traumatic for the whole area. People have lost their homes in the flooding. For us it’s nice for us to see our customers and it’s nice for them to see us back up and running. It does us all good and gives us a sense of normality. We’ll close again in the New Year, which is generally a quieter time anyway, so it won’t be a shock. We’ll probably have a huge party when we come back.”
Meryl Halls, head of membership services at the Booksellers Association, said: “I think this is an incredibly brave and resilient thing to do.”
The shop will close for refurbishment in the New Year.