Work carried out at bookstore

Thousands of pounds are being spent on repair and refurbishment at the site of a world-renowned second-hand bookshop.

Around £3,000 of painting and glazing work has recently been completed on the historic canopy at Barter Books, in Alnwick.

A further £10,000 will be spent on fixing an iron fence in the car park which was damaged by a vehicle around a month ago.

Repairs amounting to £4,000 or so also need to be carried out on the roof.

The site is owned by estate managers Coates.

Professor Denis Chamberlain said: “Coates is very proud of Barter Books, which is important for the community, and it is important that it is looked after and sometimes it needs this injection of money.

“The canopy is part of the original station and the glass was quite shattered so the decision was taken to replace the broken glass and decorate it.”

It is hoped that work will start on repairing the fence in the next two weeks and it is expected that the job will be completed a week later.

He added: “It is very difficult to repair, that is why it is so costly. There will be some reduction in the car-parking space while the work is being carried out, but it will be business as usual.”

Barter Books was named Vintage Shop of the Year in the Home and Antiques Awards 2013.