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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Cumbrian sports shop closes after owners say it is right time to move on

A Cockermouth sports shop closed its doors for the last time on Saturday after more than 25 years in the town.

Temple Sports photo
Joan, Jonathan and Malcolm Craghill with staff Kate Lindsay and Anne Byers

Joan and Malcom Craghill, owners of Temple Sports, announced they were selling the business in November and Saturday was their last day of trading.

They have sold the business to Lindsay's Butchers.

The couple, who own a Temple Sports branch in Keswick, which is run by their son Jonathan, as well as Craghills Boot Store, said they were sad to be leaving but that the time was right.

Malcolm said: “We feel very sad because we have been in Cockermouth such a long time.

“We were very happy here – there are no two ways about it.

“We decided to sell due to a combination of various things. We are not getting any younger and the time was right to move on.

“The west Cumbrian people we have served have been great and the staff we have had over the years have been brilliant as well.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our time and had a lot fun and pleasure at the store.”

The couple, of Manor Park, Keswick, started the business in the town in 1976 on Station Street in Keswick, before moving to Cockermouth and then Workington where they had a shop on Murray Road.

They opened in Cockermouth on Main Street in 1987 before they moved to their current base, the former Cumberland House on Station Street five years later.

They are not planning on retiring any time soon and plan to open another shop in Keswick around Easter time.

Temple Sports has supplied sports equipment to schools across Cumbria and southern Scotland since the 1980s.

It has also supplied uniforms for Cockermouth School pupils which will now be sold by Riff Raff on Main Street.

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